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New store concepts go to lengths to avoid human labor

Computerworld 12/19/2016

Joining Amazon Go in the movement toward nearly “human-less” store environments is a new convenience store being tested in Osaka, Japan by the Lawson chain in partnership with Panasonic. As with Amazon’s effort, the c-store uses item-level tagging to tally items as shoppers add them to their baskets. And in a somewhat questionable twist, the baskets are designed with “false bottoms” that open at the end of the trip to dump product into bags without the help of humans.

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