Results for - Unmanned Food Store
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1. In the small town of Viken, Sweden, Swedish IT entrepreneur, Robert Ilijason, has opened the country's first unmanned convenience store. It was a chaotic, late-night scramble to buy baby food with a screaming toddler in the backseat that gave Robert Ilijason the idea to open Sweden's first unstaffed convenience store. Home alone with his hungry son, Ilijason had dropped the last baby food jar on the floor, and had to drive 20 minutes from the small town of Viken in southern Sweden to find a supermarket that was open. Have you ever had to go out late to buy something from a supermarket?
2. Now the 39-year-old IT specialist runs a 24-hour shop with no cashier. The shop has basics like milk, bread, sugar, canned food, diapers and other products that you expect to find in a small convenience store. It doesn't have tobacco or medical drugs because of the risk of theft. Alcohol cannot be sold in convenience stores in Sweden. Customers simply use their cellphones to unlock the door with a swipe of the finger and scan their purchases. All they need to do is to register for the service and download an app. They get charged for their purchases in a monthly invoice. Would you use a convenience store like this?
3. He hopes the savings of having no staff will help bring back small stores to the countryside. In recent decades, such stores have been replaced by bigger supermarkets often many miles (kilometers) away. Ilijason receives deliveries at the shop and stacks products on the shelves. Then he lets the customers do the rest. "My ambition is to spread this idea to other villages and small towns," said Ilijason. "It is incredible that no one has thought of his before." He has installed six surveillance cameras to discourage shoplifting in the 480-square-foot (45-square-meter) store. Also, he is alerted by a text message if the front door stays open for longer than eight seconds or if someone tries to break it open. Ilijason is considering other ways to unlock the door that wouldn't require using an app. He's ruled out face-recognition or fingerprint scanners, but is thinking of installing a credit card reader like some banks use. He's also considering having one person man the store for a few hours a day to help customers who aren't comfortable with modern technology. Would you consider opening a store like this to run yourself?
Living 1855 37 By: sarahzahm