Japanese Supermarket Chain Day Open Unmanned shop in Tokyo with Chinese startup Cloud Big.
Dae, a subsidiary of Japanese retailer Aeon, will open before moving to other locations in the Koto area of Tokyo.
The shelves in the store will be stored by the staff, but there will be no cashier.
Dae’s shop will use artificial intelligence to analyze data and improve accuracy. Such information will be stored and analyzed in Japan.
The cost to open a Dai store is expected to be 1 271,800 per 100 square meters, which would be equivalent to one employee store.
However, Days plans to equip the store with fewer sensors because it is more than 50 percent larger than existing similar-sized unmanned stores.
Cloud Big offers its technology to approximately 130 unmanned stores in 11 countries.
Japan’s retail industry relies heavily on human labor, which is less productive than other sectors moving towards automation.
Risks of COVID-19 infection accelerated Japanese retailers moving toward unmanned stores. The shrinking and aging population is causing a labor shortage in Japan’s retail sector.
Kasumi, another retailer under the Aeon Group, Kinogonia, FamilyMart and Touch to Go have teamed up to launch a similar store.