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Untact Shopping Vendors Spread as Coronavirus Pandemic Drags On

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SIHEUNG, Sept. 9 (Korea Bizwire)So-called ‘untact’ shopping venues are increasing in number as social distancing is gaining public awareness.

The store owner of a local fashion vendor in Siheung, Gyeonggi Province introduced an unmanned checkout system, allowing customers to select clothes and then wire their payment to a designated bank account for self-checkout.

Even some opticians, where transactions are normally include face-to-face customization services, are also making an effort to minimize physical contact with the customers.

For one, an optician in Suwon guides customers to carry around a shopping basket with a banner that says ‘I don’t require any staff assistance’ to prevent unnecessary physical contact.


Some vendors are emptying their shops for self-shoppers.

A photo studio in Incheon, for instance, sends away its staff for a designated amount of time upon request from a customer.

The studio offers automatic cameras for customers to take pictures with bluetooth remote controls.

Image Credit: Yonhap / E-Mart / photonews@koreabizwire.com

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