AIR Introduces VAULT System in the UK to Combat Shoplifting and Elevate Shopping Experience

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Automation in Retail (AIR), a global pioneer in automated retail technology, is delighted to announce the launch of its cutting-edge autonomous merchandising system, VAULT, in the United Kingdom.

Engineered from the ground up to counteract shoplifting while offering limitless scalability, this state-of-the-art solution seamlessly combines profit protection with an enhanced shopping experience, marking a significant advancement in the realm of retail automation.

Each VAULT merchandising system, complete with an integrated self-checkout feature, is meticulously designed to supersede conventional shelving systems. It has the capability to dispense nearly every product found in grocery stores, high street health & beauty outlets, and pharmacies. VAULT not only dramatically reduces losses due to theft and operational oversights but also harnesses consumer data, streamlines inventory management, optimises supply chain operations, and elevates customer satisfaction.

Key features of the VAULT merchandising system include:

Unparalleled Theft Deterrence: Through precision engineering, every VAULT merchandising system robustly eliminates the risk of shoplifting, particularly for high-value items, safeguarding both inventory and profits.
Biometric Verification: Leveraging cutting-edge biometric technologies, VAULT ensures that age-restricted items such as alcohol, tobacco, and vaping products are dispensed legally without the need for employee verification or intervention.
Inclusive Accessibility: Ensuring a seamless shopping experience for consumers with mobility impairments and those requiring mobility aids.
Ergonomic Retrieval: All products are dispensed within seconds at waist height for easy collection.
Swift Robotic Collection: VAULT’s integrated robotic arm ensures rapid product retrieval, enhancing the customer experience while maintaining product security.
Informed Purchases: Its touchscreen ordering system enables a seamless self-checkout experience, provides allergen information before purchase, and allows for multiple purchases with a single, hassle-free contactless payment.
Labour Efficiency: Automation minimises reliance on manpower, resulting in significant cost savings and enhanced employee safety by reducing opportunities for theft-related incidents.
Eliminates Everyday Problems: Such as in-store product consumption, damaged or contaminated products, unwarranted product openings, reaching to the back for “fresher” items, and cluttered shelves.
Data-Driven Insights: VAULT captures valuable data throughout the retail journey, offering insights into consumer behavior, demand patterns, and operational performance. This data empowers retailers to make informed decisions that drive growth and profitability.
Revenue Streams: Retailers can opt to unlock new revenue streams beyond product sales alone. Its innovative AI-powered marketing platform offers opportunities to monetise each system through interactive touchscreens.
Profit Protection: Beyond its technological prowess, each VAULT system represents a strategic shift towards safeguarding profits, emphasising a “spend to save” philosophy.
Customisable and Scalable: Guarantees maximum utilisation of retail space and is available in multiple color options.
Contemporary Design: Prioritises both function and aesthetics, enhancing the shopping ambiance.
Structural Reliability: Built with high-quality, robust materials, ensuring longevity and minimal maintenance.

Joe Jackson, Global Client Relations Lead of AIR, expressed, “As retailers continue to navigate an ever-changing and challenging landscape, our commitment remains unwavering—to provide state-of-the-art technology that not only simplifies operations, protects profits and employees, but also elevates the customer experience. VAULT is a testament to our dedication to innovation and our belief in the transformative power of automation.”

For further information about AIR and its comprehensive suite of autonomous retail solutions, please visit

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