Reference News.com.com.all these reports on October 8Japanese media said that in Japan's retail industry, no cash register of complete contactless stores have begun to become practical.
AEON's Darong has been working with NTT Data since September to launch an unrecogned cash register store certified for mobile phones, according to the Japan Economic News website. Retailers are looking at "no-man's shops" that can help save manpower, and Darong is considering using Chinese technology to launch stores.
Darong and NTT Data opened their first new store in an office building in Tokyo's Jiangdong in early September. Mainly engaged in beverages, snacks and toilets, such as about 600 varieties, do not set up a cash register, the use of mobile phone-specific APP settlement.
In-store customers need to register members in advance, when entering the store to sweep the two-dimensional code at the door. Using the artificial intelligence camera and weight sensor set up in-store to identify the customer's movements and objects of goods, the customer selected the goods out of the door, the system will automatically purchase processing. In addition to purchase records, the APP also sends information such as discount promotions.
The new stores use the technology of Chinese start-ups to cut the cost of opening a store to half that of the average unoccupied store. Darong also envisions opening stores that can operate about 2,000 kinds of goods in an area that facilitates stores.
In retail industries such as large convenience stores, research and development of next-generation stores using AI and cashless settlements is becoming more active. A typical representative is an unmanned store that can be operated without staff. Related technologies can also be applied in many fields, which is the main topic of digital transformation of retail enterprises.
In these technologies, it is becoming increasingly competitive among IT companies that are actually responsible for system development and application support. Fujitsu will operate an unmanned cash register store with Rosen at its own location starting in February 2020. Using the system of American start-ups, customers can automatically settle with their mobile phones without going through the cash register if they complete the mobile phone certification in advance.
Amazon Go, amazon's first completely contactless store without a cash register, will open more than 20 stores in the U.S. in 2018. China is also developing unmanned shop technology, and many start-ups are involved.
However, in the operation of food and alcohol, national regulations have also become an obstacle, no shop can be in the retail industry with a variety of types of stores into the mainstream, there are many uncertainties. It will be even more important in the future to reflect the latest technology into systems and services according to customer needs.