The picture comes from the cloud.
The growing tendency of Japanese companies to adopt cutting-edge technologies from China and other Asian countries, NTT Data and Yuna, is also part of this trend.
Yunna Technology uses sensors and monitors to track in-store customers and through intelligenceMobile phoneThe QR code in the application processes the payment process. It has installed the technology in 30 stores, including Shanghai and Beijing.
NTT Data's new system will integrate cloud technology with its own Cafis cashless payment system and extend it to convenience stores, pharmacies and other retailers in Japan.
Customers will enter stores by scanning two-dimensional codes through smartphone applications, select products and leave. When they leave the store, the system automatically makes a payment.
The partnership represents NTT Data's entry into unmanned store management systems. Nayama Direct (Naoyuki Uchiyama), head of the NTT Data services and payments business, said, NTT Data had carefully studied the technology and performance of Yuna before determining the partnership.
Although NTT Data started relatively late in this area, it lags far behind Amazon in the United States and China.JingdongBut it hopes the system will be able to deploy to about 1,000 stores by fiscal year 2022.
Yunna Technologies has opened unmanned chain convenience stores such as fruit boxes in China, and it is also one of many Chinese companies that open cash-free stores.
Unmanned stores usually use QR codes, face recognition or biometric authentication to complete the entire payment process. Amazon and many other companies use QR code systems because of their low cost.
A facial recognition system developed by NEC Company is being tested in 711 convenience stores in Japan. Fujitsu has developed a biometric system, which Lotte is piloting at convenience stores in South Korea. Because of the need to adjust the display products from time to time and the fear of shoplifting, retailers generally do not fully accept the idea of opening unmanned stores. Similarly, Chinese consumers are also away from such stores because of the limited variety of goods available for sale and the cleanliness of the stores themselves.
In addition, according to a Chinese retailer, owing to the large initial investment required to open a store, no one can make a huge profit.
Still, Chinese companies are moving in the direction of unmanned convenience stores. Convenience store operator convenience bee limits most of its stores to one person.
It is almost an indisputable fact that stores like this and other unattended stores will become popular due to the severe shortage of local labor in Japan, but it is only a matter of time to wait for the right technological solutions to emerge.
(NTTG), the Japanese telegram and telephone group, is the parent company of NTT Data and one of the leaders in Japan's technology industry. The group spends more than 200 billion yen ($1.88 billion) a year on research and development. But the speed with which new technologies are emerging has forced it to look overseas and seek help from China and other countries.
The group rarely relies on Chinese companies. But NTT Data decided to build a partnership with Yunna Technologies because of its past performance and low cost.
Other Japanese companies are following a similar path. Softbank Corp. Vision Fund has invested in Paytm, India's largest e-commerce payment platform, while Softbank Corp. Group, its parent company, has teamed up with Yahoo Japan to use the technology of PayPay, a joint venture between the two companies, to enter the QR code payment sector.
Softbank also operates hotels in partnership with India's low-cost accommodation booking website OYO.