PEPI

Making produce more affordable.

PEPI is able to identify any type of produce at the checkout without the use barcodes. This will reduce the cost of produce for everyone.

Tags:
  • self-service
  • PEPI
  • produce
  • commodity
  • theft
  • checkout
  • stealing
  • POS
  • grocers
  • point-of-sale

Use Case

At self-service checkouts, customers may place each commodity on the checkout scale, whereupon the integrated PEPI system would instantly identify the item and display that item to the customer for confirmation. If the customer believes that the suggestion is wrong, he or she may make a correction. However the system is smart enough to know if the correction is fraudulent.Cashiers at regular checkouts can also make use of PEPI. Normally, cashiers must memorize giant lists of PLU codes. Trying to find the right code for the right produce frequently takes time, creates lineups, and results in errors (which can lead to notable losses in revenue for grocery stores). PEPI solves this by instantly suggesting options for the item on the checkout counter without the need for PLUs or barcodes.

Potential

Our solution will reduce the rate of theft at self-service checkouts by identifying items without barcodes as they are scanned (instead of relying on customer honesty). It is also able to decrease lineup times for cashiers by eliminating the need for product lookup codes for produce.Overall, this will increase adoption of self-service checkout systems, allow fewer staff to serve more customers, and reduce theft by a significant amount. As a result, the cost of produce will decrease, and these cost reductions will be felt by everyone within the economy.

Business Case

Our business model is to license our solution to POS manufacturers, and deliver a SAS dashboard with integrated reporting for grocery store chains.There are only a small number of companies who manufacture POS systems. PEPI is not a complete POS system – it is a cog in a machine. In order to convince these companies to use PEPI, we’ll be demonstrating our algorithms and fraud detection methods to major grocery store chains (as well as produce regulatory organizations worldwide). Through this channel, we will push our patent-pending solution onto the POS vendors.Our solution is great for grocery stores because it can save them money by reducing theft and eliminating PLU codes. It’s great for POS manufacturers because it will increase the adoption of self-service checkouts.

Objectives:

  1. Reduce theft at self-service checkouts.
  2. Reduce customer lineup times for the cashier.
  3. Reduce the cost of produce for grocery stores, which, in turn, will reduce costs for customers.

Team PEPI

Toronto, Canada

  • Science / Engineering
  • Food Waste / Consumer Issues
  • Global

Our Team

POS Electronic Produce Identification / Published September 15, 2014 by Joshua Sideris

POS Electronic Produce Identification

We've recently published an informational video showcasing our solution. Check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snUFqVx9QJs

Our Mission

PEPI offers a complete automation / loss management solution for grocery store POS systems. Using state of the art electronic produce identification techniques, our solution is able to instantaneously identify any type of produce at the checkout without the use bar codes. For consumers this means a more stream-lined experience at the checkout and less time waiting in line, and for grocery chains world-wide it means annual savings of at least $20 billion - savings that can be used to make groceries more affordable. PEPI is proud to be the only company in the world able to offer this patent-pending solution.

Our Background

Our team gets motivated working on serious high-tech solutions that solve real problems. We believe that automation is the key to low prices in any industry, and our team has the passion and technical know-how to change the way consumers shop for food.

POS Electronic Produce Identification / Published September 15, 2014 by Joshua Sideris

POS Electronic Produce Identification

We've recently published an informational video showcasing our solution. Check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snUFqVx9QJs

Our Team

Our Mission

PEPI offers a complete automation / loss management solution for grocery store POS systems. Using state of the art electronic produce identification techniques, our solution is able to ...Read More

Our Background

Our team gets motivated working on serious high-tech solutions that solve real problems. We believe that automation is the key to low prices in any industry, and our ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.