This convenience store is operated entirely via your smartphone, no cashier needed

By Shawn Knight
Feb 29, 2016
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  1. It's a foregone conclusion that robots will continue to replace humans in the job field but did you ever expect your employment could be replaced by a smartphone? That's exactly what's taking place at Sweden's first unstaffed convenience store as customers can drop in, buy their goods and be on their way without any human involvement.

    The store is the brainchild of Robert Ilijason who said he came up with the idea one night after trying to find a supermarket that was open so he could buy baby food for his screaming toddler.

    As the Associated Press details, the 39-year-old IT professional now operates a 24-hour shop with no cashier. Customers just need to download the store's app to get started. The app will grant them the ability to unlock the store's otherwise locked door.

    Once inside, customers can select from an assortment of basic goods including bread, milk, sugar, canned food, diapers and other products you'd expect to find in a small convenience store. The shop measures just 480 square feet so there's not really a lot of room for non-essential incidentals.

    Customers are billed for their purchases via monthly invoice.

    Tobacco products and medicines aren't offered due to the risk of theft and alcohol is banned from being sold in convenience stores in the country. For everything else, a series of security cameras keep a close eye on shoppers to deter shoplifters. Ilijason said the app will send him a text message if the front door remains open for more than eight seconds or if someone tries to break in.

    Would you be interested in shopping at a store of this nature? Would the convenience of not having to wait in line trump the fact that only certain products are sold and there's nobody on hand to offer assistance? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

    Image courtesy Jan Olsen, AP Photo

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  2. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 852   +352

    Unless the prices are less, due to the fact you don't have a cashier, nope.
    I know there are some retail grocery stores that utilize self checkout, but, until
    they reduce the prices accordingly, for me doing the labor, I avoid them, not to
    mention, most of the time, the self checkout is slower than the checker checkout.
    Robinson Ochoa likes this.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,456   +1,759

    This is such great news. (not) Now what will enterprising teens do for after school income?

    Then too, their parents will have to pay for the smartphones which are putting them out of work.

    "win, win"? I think not....:oops:
    Robinson Ochoa likes this.
  4. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,294   +662

    LOL, I give it two weeks till a guy with with a mask and gloves empties out the whole joint. Stupid idea is stupid.
    Robinson Ochoa and wastedkill like this.
  5. n3m37h

    n3m37h TS Rookie

    Has anyone seen the movie Idiocracy? Proof and point...
    On the other hand is a neat idea
  6. Technician

    Technician TS Addict Posts: 677   +113

    It would work better to have the items in bins and as you select it from home or your car it is boxed and held, (robotically) then delivered via conveyor when you arrive and log in.
    Robinson Ochoa likes this.
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,936

    Hey! If the prices are good... I'm loyal to the store that charges the least for the same things.
    Robinson Ochoa and wastedkill like this.
  8. Capaill

    Capaill TS Addict Posts: 279   +86

    Is his security good enough to see me bringing in my own barcodes? :)
  9. Technician

    Technician TS Addict Posts: 677   +113

    Those are on record, they would know what it scanned and what should be scanned presumably.

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