Unmanned Supermarket 无人超市(wúrén chāoshì)

July 17, 2017
By China DailyEditor: Penny Huang

Domestic e-commerce giant Alibaba opened its first unmanned supermarket in Hangzhou recently, following the example of Amazon, which opened its first unmanned supermarket AmazonGo in the United States last year.

The new unmanned supermarket uses advanced digital payment technology, including biological recognition and in-depth learning. There's no cashier in the store. Customers need to have an Alibaba Alipay account and the payment for their purchases are automatically deducted from their account when they leave the store.

The unmanned supermarket is an innovation that is expected to promote the development of the retail industry. It creates a new model for the retail industry that combines the advantages of online and offline service to offer people a more convenient and efficient shopping experience.

An example of China's Internet Plus strategy that aims to integrate the mobile internet and big data with traditional industries, the new retail model is expected to promote consumption upgrading and the supply-side structural reform.

In addition, the use of biometric technology will help the unmanned stores recognize thieves and consumers with poor credit records.

(Source: China Daily)

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