China rolls out Unmanned Retail Stores

It took thousands of years for humankind to develop metal wings so we could fly like a bird which is so free in the sky, but it took humankind only few more years to fire all grocery helpers, bus drivers, taxicab drivers, truck drivers, pilots, restaurant helpers, some firemen, some nurses and doctors, some cooks, and whatnot.  Why and how?  Automation baby!  Here is a clue, check out the video right after the break to see new unmanned grocery stores that are going to be popping out all over the place in China.

These stores are still in testing phrase, but they’re ready as real grocery stores since real people are actually buying stuffs there.  These stores don’t need any helper, because everything is automated.  The key is your smartphone!  Customers can sign up with the store by scanning the QR code through their smartphone, and then they can proceed to shop within the store.  Once they see something they like, they can scan quickly scan the items at the scanner and pay through smartphone’s QR code scanning.  This bypasses the cashier process altogether.  This also bypasses the need to hire a grocery helper, security guard, and whatnot.

In the video I see some people are holding doors for others to come into the store.  I can imagine a scenario when a person who has not yet signed up with the store but got inside it and try to walk out the store with whatever items they want to steal.  One problem though, the store won’t open the door for a shoplifter, and thus security is sound.  If the person has already signed up with the store, it doesn’t matter if he or she has to be scanned from the door to get inside, because the cameras would scan all customers once they’re inside and when they’re trying to get out of the store.  Anyhow, I wonder will someone be able to hack the system and get away with stuffs like an uncaught shoplifter.

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