An efficacious prototyping of an intelligent Internet of Things (IoT)-based smart cart that primarily enhances the shopping experience of the customers as well as owners. The assembly of the smart cart consists of a contemporary barcode scanner from the present-day shopping scenario, feedback systems providing product weight and product imaging to avoid discrepancies, a cloud-based database and an embedded hardware to connect the above. The mechanism facilitates the customer to add and remove products throughout the shopping, updating the bill instantaneously, and further reflecting changes in the inventory. The framework incorporates a Parse cloud-based inventory to ease the managerial task at the owner end. Further focus has been also given on the proper placement of all the components on a cart for the efficient working of the shop, keeping user’s ease of usage in mind. © Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018.