Stora Enso, Sweden, entered a global partnership with Atos, France, to bring new automated retail solutions and services to market.

This new service is based on the concept of “intelligent cabinets,” which are radio frequency identification (RFID)-enabled e-kiosks designed for on-the-go purchasing.

The partnership undertakes the commercialization of the new retail-as-a-service solution, combining Stora Enso’s technologies with Atos’ service delivery experience and methodology.

Stora Enso’s new retail solution merges in-store and online shopping and uses sustainable RFID tags to track and trace stored items. These tags are paper-based, providing a plastic-free and recyclable solution for packaging authentication.

“While retail is aiming at convenience and efficiency all at once, we drive innovations to combine the localization of brick and mortar with digitalization. With our partnership with Atos, we are entering the automated new retail market, where our sustainable RFID technology can bring the unmanned consumer experience to the next level,” says Martin Ros, head of Stora Enso’s intelligent packaging unit.

“For any retail company and consumer goods brand, the topics of sustainability, product control and consumer experience are key values for their point of sales. Combining the Stora Enso smart tracking solutions with Atos’ Codex enablement and end-to-end service management, we jointly ensure that customers experience these values every time,” says Philippe Miltin, group senior vice president, head of manufacturing, retail and transport market at Atos.