We have developed the next generation of checkout-free technology enabling retailers to quickly deploy frictionless shopping in their stores. Our patent-pending approach uses AI, machine learning and sensor fusion technology to create the best consumer experience: banishing checkout lines and self-scanners for good, and letting shoppers zip in and out with their purchases.
Zippin’s platform leverages product and shopper tracking through overhead cameras, as well as smart shelf sensors, for the highest level of accuracy even in crowded stores. The company was founded by industry veterans from Amazon and SRI with deep backgrounds in retail technology, AI, and computer vision.
Chief Executive Officer
Krishna Motukuri is the CEO of Zippin, drawing on his deep retail technology, ecommerce and startup experience to lead Zippin. Most recently, he was a portfolio company CEO at Naspers Group, where he built and grew multiple e-commerce businesses in India and South Africa. Earlier in his career, Krishna spent seven years at Amazon leading teams in search, marketing, global expansion and supply chain. In 2006 he left Amazon to start Ugenie, a next-gen comparison shopping site that was acquired in 2008 by Lulu.com. Post-acquisition, Krishna assumed the role of SVP, Business Development at Lulu and established key partnerships with Apple, McGraw Hill, Google and others.
Krishna has a Masters degree from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. In his spare time, he enjoys travel and spending time outdoors with his family.
Motilal is Zippin’s Chief Scientist. Motilal was previously a principal computer scientist at SRI International, a nonprofit applied research laboratory, where he specialized in machine learning and computer vision. At SRI, he led a team of software engineers and researchers, collaborating with researchers at Stanford, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia and the University of Maryland. Additionally, he has prototyped and developed several large scale robotics and vision systems for autonomous grasping, manipulation, surveillance, biometric capture and mobility.
Motilal holds a Ph.D in Computer Vision from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He is an avid tennis enthusiast and captains several USTA teams at the club level. He also helps coach middle school robotics teams.
Head of Engineering
Abhinav is the Head of Engineering for Zippin. He brings more than 15 years of experience in building and launching cloud infrastructure products and services. Prior to Zippin, Abhinav was a senior product manager for VMWare, where he created multiple services in the computer, networking, identity and monitoring space. Earlier in his career, he spent four years as a senior technical associate for Trilogy in Bangalore, developing products across multiple domains including online retail, search and insurance.
Abhinav has a Bachelors degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.
Interim VP of Marketing
Alice is Zippin’s interim VP of Marketing. An experienced marketing strategist and operator, her expertise includes helping startups with brand development and positioning, go-to-market strategies, demand generation, ABM, content marketing, managing web design and development, corporate communications, and public relations. As the former head of global communications for Xero, and VP of Marketing for Habit, Alice understands what it takes for high-growth companies to be successful.
"With it, San Francisco gets its first automated checkout market, which will expand up to about 500 square feet to become a full-sized cashier-free convenience store in the coming months, says Motukuri. Not only a first for San Francisco, Zippin–as far as we can tell–is the first Amazon Go rival to open to the public anywhere."Read More
"Get the app and give it a credit card—just like Uber and Amazon trained us—and the app will spit back a QR code. Krishna Motukuri, the guy running the show, calls that code up on his phone and flips it over for the scanner; the turnstile's waist-high doors fold back. I saunter through. I'm in! I am shopping."Read More
"The cameras and smart shelf sensors track when and which products are picked up or put back. Machine learning-trained algorithms analyze the camera feed to recognize the appearance of each product the store carries."Read More
"The platform offers retailers a way to meet the demand for checkout-free shopping while increasing profits by freeing-up real estate and human capital and achieving better inventory and merchandising efficiencies through real-time data captured by the system."Read More
"The company, Zippin, opened the store to demonstrate its checkout-free software platform which is designed to enable retailers to quickly deploy frictionless, in-store shopping that enables shoppers to check out without cashiers or self-scanners."Read More
"To allow retailers to get consumers in and out of the store quickly, the company's patent-pending approach uses AI, machine learning and visual cognition technology to create the best consumer experience."Read More
"By offering the platform to any retailer at a relatively low cost, Zippin could very well be the startup that brings cashier-less technology to the masses."Read More
"“I fully expect this trend to take hold in due time, as their momentum is only limited by retailers’ cautious approach and need to ensure a frictionless transition. The technology itself is ready for the mainstream, and we’ll soon see many more mid- and top-tier retailers experimenting with the concept."Read More
"'It will fundamentally change the economics of a retail operation,' Motukuri said. 'The biggest expense for retailers is the checkout, whether it's the operation itself or the time employees spend there. That's essentially where we see a huge improvement. Once you remove the biggest bottleneck, you'll see a big drop in cost and a big increase in sales.'"Read More