The explosive growth
of retail technology

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The explosive growth of retail technology
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1974 – First bar code scanned on Wrigley’s Juice Fruit at Marsh supermarket
1986 – Shipping companies begin using handheld bar code scanners to track packages
1992 – Price Chopper Supermarket in New York installs first supermarket self-checkout system
1994 – Online shopping launches as Pizza Hut accepts the first online order
1997 – Mobile payment launches in selected Coca Cola vending machines
2000 – Ericsson releases the first smartphone R380
2001 – Amazon launches its first mobile commerce site
2003 – Automated self-checkouts become widespread
2011 – QR codes gain prominence due to campaigns by retailers like Best Buy and Macy’s
2017 – Launching of augmented reality for shopper-friendly in-store navigation
2018 – Amazon opens first no-checkout store in Seattle