Helping Reval Takeaway make healthy and fresh food available with smart refrigerators
In cooperation with Hansab AS and Reval Gourmet OÜ, a unique Stora Enso Selfly Store vending solution using RFID technology was introduced to the Estonian market.
Unlike traditional vending-type vending machines, the Selfly Store solution has no restrictions on the products it can sell. In addition to the usual snacks and drinks, the solution also allows you to offer sandwiches, salads or even soups, just like a regular refrigerator.
“We started cooperating with Reval Gourmet OÜ, whose goal is to offer quality food in both public spaces and office buildings under the brand Reval Takeaway,” says Ott Viirmann, Hansab’s Field Manager for Retail Solutions.
“RFID is a technology which we have been keeping a close eye on, and the wider adoption of which can also be predicted in the field of retail due to the need for automation and digitization of processes by merchants,” adds Ott Viirmann.
Modern RFID technology
The Selfy Store concept enables an automated sales solution that includes both hardware and software. With the help of RFID technology, each product acquires a unique electronic identity, so it is known exactly which products are currently in the refrigerator and which products the customer takes from the refrigerator.
Also, it is possible to set an expiry date for each product. This way it is possible to monitor in real time whether and how many products are expiring in the refrigerators. Thanks to RFID technology, the purchasing process is also simple for the customers.
How does the payment work?
To make a purchase, the customer inserts a bank card into the payment terminal or uses a contactless payment with a bank card or a smartphone or smartwatch. Then a pre-determined amount is booked on the card, similar to a visit to an automatic filling station, and the door is unlocked.
The customer can choose the products they like from the refrigerator, and the purchase amount will be deducted from the card when closing the door.
Clear instructions are shown on the screen of both the payment terminal and the refrigerator throughout the purchase process.
Reval Café is a café chain based on Estonian capital, which has been developing café culture for more than ten years. Reval Takeaway is a brand that makes familiar quality available in places where cafés do not reach.
“We want to offer healthy and fresh food not only in the café, but also for example in the offices and at the airports too,” says Ivari Vokk, Member of the Management Board of Reval Gourmet OÜ.
Hansab is Reval Gourmet's technology partner, offering in addition to equipment also installation and after sales support, being the official representatives of Stora Enso in the Baltics.