This local retail chain services busy residential areas in Shanghai and opened one of the first retrofitted autonomous store in Asia.
The first AiFi-powered autonomous store in Asia--the Shanghai store--is owned by a local retail chain in the city. It is equipped with AiFi’s Autonomous Store Platform, the all-in-one technology platform which includes multi-camera, multi-person tracking, real-time product recognition and live inventory tracking;, culminating in an easy, fun checkout-free experience at lightning speed.
The retrofitted store is 400 square feet--larger than AiFi’s NanoStore--and features more than 800 SKUs. For all products (aside from age-restricted items) customers simply use their WeChat app, the most popular mobile payment app in China, to enter the store, grab whatever they want and walk out. The receipts are automatically generated. The technology has also been expanded to handle fresh produce, ice-creams and freezer items.
For the retail shop owner, the autonomous solution allows for extended operating hours without the owner having to invest more hours of work, something much needed for mom-and-pop type stores. It is also very cost-effective with the technology investment paid off within six months.
This newly opened store bring AiFi’s presence to three continents, joining nine other AiFi-powered stores in the U.S. and Europe.
“With [...] the bigger, retrofitted convenience store in Shanghai, we are demonstrating the viability of bringing autonomous store technology to retailers of various sizes”