“China’s unmanned stores allow people to live their lives with almost zero human contact.”

How to live alone in a large, busy metropolis

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Thu, Dec 14th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

This video by the South China Morning Post takes us on a tour of Chgina's unmanned economy, a system that allows people to live in a busy metropolis and yet have near zero human contact.

“Unmanned stores are all about removing friction and increasing productivity. For some retail categories like convenience grocery or fast food, minimising time in-store makes a lot of sense. For others, like luxury, time in-store experience and high-touch service are actually part of the value proposition.”

DeepBlue’s Chen admitted that the technology for a true grab-and-go experience in a store such as a supermarket is challenging to achieve. In a crowded scenario, where many people are simultaneously taking items from shelves or walking up and down the aisles, no company has figured out a method to accurately detect each shopper’s movements..

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