SEOUL, Jan. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — GS25, a South Korean convenience store chain owned by GS Retail Co., opened a futuristic convenience store without a checkout counter in Jung District, Seoul on Tuesday.
The store, which is located in the headquarters building of a local credit card company BC Card, is similar to Amazon Go, checkout-free offline malls in the U.S.
One can enter the convenience store by scanning a BC Paybook QR code from BC Card’s mobile payment app at the speed gate.
When customers enter a store, 34 deep-learning cameras will recognize their behavior. In addition, some 300 weight sensors installed throughout the store detects the number of items that customers choose.
If one chooses what one wants to purchase and exits the speed gate, all the items will be automatically paid for through a payment system with artificial intelligence technology, and a mobile receipt will be issued.
A video-recognition speaker is also installed, where a pre-set voice will guide the customers through speakers. If customers are standing at some point or do a particular action, the speaker will provide assistance.
In the future, the company will gradually introduce technologies that guide customers to promotions when they approach a presentation product stand.
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