Select Circle K's in Tucson, AZ Going Cashierless with Grabango's Tech

This is Circle K's third partner for cashierless checkout pilots, following trials with Standard Cognition and Accel Robotics.

Grabbing a six-pack and some Slim Jims just got easier for residents of Tucson, Arizona, as Grabango’s cashierless checkout technology is now available at six Circle Ks in the southwestern city.

Grabango announced the news today, saying it was working with Circle K and its parent company Alimentation Couche-Tard on the rollout.

To use the system, customers download the Grabango app to their mobile device. Once in the Circle K they shop as the normally would, with Grabango’s system of cameras and AI keeping track of what is taken. Upon leaving, customers skip the checkout line and scan the Grabango app on special device which charges them automatically.

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This is the second high-profile retail partnership for Grabango, which has also been working with Giant Eagle GetGo stores in the Pittsburgh area.

What’s most intriguing about this announcement is how Circle K appears to be publicly piloting a number of different cashierless checkout solutions. Last August, Circle K announced it was testing out cashierless checkout with Standard Cognition in Phoenix, Arizona (not that far from Tucson, geographically speaking).

Also in August of last year, Mastercard announced its ShopAnywhere initiative to help its retail network adopt cashierless checkout. At the time, Mastercard said it was working with Accel Robotics as its cashierless checkout provider and that Circle K was already lined up as a ShopAnywhere customer.

The cashierless checkout market is still very new and there are a ton of startups vying for retail partners. A big chain like Circle K choosing just one technology could have a material impact as all these cashierless startups try to get more funding to scale up their operations.

If you’re in the Tucson area and want to, errr, checkout Grabango’s cashierless checkout, it’s now available at the following locations:

  • 15935 N. Oracle Road in Tucson

  • 11403 W. Tangerine Road in Marana

  • 3880 W. Tangerine Road in Marana

  • 5725 W. Ina Road in Marana

  • 4540 W. Ina Road in Marana

  • 5633 W. Cortaro Road in Marana

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