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24-hour 'unmanned' convenience store opens in Shanghai

Chen Xiaoli

A new pioneering, effective and cheaper convenience store has opened its doors in Shanghai.

BingoBox, an unmanned 24-hour, self-service store, has been launched near the parking lot of Auchan Supermarket's Changyang Road shop in Yangpu District. It is the first BingoBox store in Shanghai.

The shop, which is more than 10 meters square, has no staff and customers can only enter the store if they scan a QR code on the door. Once you enter, the door locks behind you and shoppers can wander around unattended and purchase products on their own.

The store is not large but it still features a great variety of goods, although BingoBox has emphasized quality rather than quantity to ensure all of its products remain fresh.

Another highlight of the store is that the goods in BingoBox are cheaper than those in other convenience stores. For example, a bag of Lay's potato chips costs 7 yuan in Family Mart while costing only 5 yuan in BingoBox.

An exclusive label on each product allows the customer to calculate the price of each item at the electronic cashier and once the shopper has paid they can leave the store.

It is possible to browse around the store without purchasing anything. A quick QR scan on the wall at the entrance will open the locked door. If anyone tries to leave the shop with any unpaid products an alarm is triggered at the door.

Customers need to be aware that they have to register via their mobile phone before they can use BingoBox.

A second BingoBox store in the city has been unveiled at the headquarters of RT-Mart.


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