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01/12/2022

ShopRite unveils grocery pickup pod at New York location

The retailer has debuted an easy, contactless way to pickup online orders at its New Rochelle, N.Y. location.
Zachary Russell
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ShopRite pickup POD

Customers in suburban New York City now have a unique way to pick up own brand grocery items from ShopRite’s New Rochelle location. The new QuickCollect GO! POD allows shoppers to pick up their online ShopRite grocery orders from a temperature controlled outdoor pickup pod for a fast and easy, contactless self-service pickup experience. 

The pod utilizes automation that allows secure delivery and retrieval of online orders. Last August, the grocer piloted space-saving technology system at a store in Kingston, N.Y. that uses automation to optimize how online grocery orders are stored. Based in Keasbey, N.J., ShopRite operates 280 supermarket locations in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland.

“The QuickCollect GO! POD will make it even easier for our shoppers at the New Rochelle store to pick up their online orders,” said Steve Savas, president of Shop-Rite Supermarkets. “It’s self-checkout and pickup for online orders that’s done right outside the store. We are excited to be the first grocer on the East Coast with this technology.”

Developed by Bell and Howell, a tech company that provides automated e-commerce pickup solutions, the QuickCollect GO! POD uses next-generation automation, and intelligent software to ready orders placed at shoprite.com for pickup. The QuickCollect GO! POD keeps orders safe and secure until the customer picks them up with their unique pickup code. When items are ready, customers receive a text containing a QR code to scan on the console screen, which brings the order to the customer pickup portal, allowing them to access their pre-ordered groceries.

“Retailers like ShopRite recognize that consumer convenience and fulfillment efficiency are critical to the next level of e-commerce,” said Larry Blue, president and CEO of Bell and Howell. “Our data shows that consumers enjoy the convenience of this new individual automated curbside pickup with our QuickCollect GO! POD."