In China, a Store of the Future—No Checkout, No Staff
At 20 hours. One night earlier this week, in a dark campus without an option to take a snack after night study, Wei Li, a computer science specialization at Hefei University, saw a breakthrough of the future of the sale retail.
Parked with a large open plaza on campus was a vehicle like a bus. With its floor to ceiling glass front, you can see stacked shelves with red boxes.
At the entrance, Wei Li has come a QR code using his iPhone. A glass door opened, and he entered a store with no money or personal cash.
A holographic human face with a calm expression and splashes of good cut greeted. There was no sound, only a movement of the face from side to side.
Li said he was impressed with the range of products sold there are: fruit, chips, coffee, magazines and even shoes, each with a barcode package. He liked the ease with which he could buy: all he had to do was to scan the bar code using a smartphone application with stored credit card information.
As he approached the exit, another glass door automatically opens to drop it.
It was Moby’s shop, launched by Wheelys, centralized commissioning based in Stockholm. Initially focused on making coffee that can be moved from one place to another on the bike, the company is testing an open 24/24 shop model in its entirety by technology.
The Moby store is an unmanned store that can be moved from one place to another.
Purchases are made using an application to scan a bar code and pay through the phone.
Its testing site is located on the campus of Hefei University, about 450 kilometers west of Shanghai, where Wheelys works with the master in the backbone technology of the stores.
Li, who is not working on this research, saw the vehicle crossing the campus with a friend and decided to try. There have been questions about how the store can handle many people while shopping together and how it will prevent theft. “There’s a huge influx of people right after school,” Li said.
Unlike taxis and hospitality, who are experiencing a change in China, as they are all over the world by transport companies and shared houses like Uber and Airbnb, brick and mortar retail n has yet to experience a Important technological change.
Amazon, however, is testing a similar free shopping concept in its Amazon GB store for Seattle employees (see “Amazon grocery has no single payment”).
Wheelys cofundateurs decided to try China instead of Sweden, partly because of the large Chinese population, but more because of the country’s almost ubiquitous adoption by paying for their phone.
About 60 percent of the 175 million transactions a day processed by the Chinese company Alipay online payments in 2016 were made by mobile phone, better than the effective Alliance.
Combined with rising rents and wages in many places, it becomes more expensive to maintain than small businesses. Bo Wu, who oversees Wheelys operations in Shanghai, said he has received many inquiries from top supermarket owners looking to gain a competitive advantage by becoming unmanned.
With the relocation of its research department and development and design department from Sweden to China. It also locates Himalafy, a telephony company that focuses on the development of automated warehouse system in China.
One of cofonders, by Cromwell, indicates that the next step for Wheelys is to improve the technology that drives its mobile bus. Security is a great aspect.
For this Wheelys worked with Hefei University to develop a system that includes customer biometrics, including the method works because it scans the QR code and uses sensors on the shelves to detect the extraction of the elements.
Buyers must register in advance for an account. Once an article has been deleted, it relates to customer identification in the smartphone application to prevent theft.