Shinsegae I&C tests out cashierless grocery store
South Korean retailer Shinsegae I&C is venturing into Amazon Go territory.
Its first automated store will be tested out at the company’s new datacentre facility in Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province. “This will be a groundbreaking test bed where we apply and test various advanced technologies,” Kim Jang-wook, CEO of Shinsegae I&C, told The Korea Times. “We plan to operate a store where customers can experience retail technology and enjoy real shopping.”
The store will open to the public on 30th September after a trial run involving the company's employees. Shinsegae I&C will manage technical operations while emart24 will be responsible for supplying the goods and operating the store.
Shoppers will be able to scan a QR code issued through Shinsegae's SSG Pay or emart24 app upon entry and add items to their virtual carts. Thirty cameras and sensors will track what shoppers take from the shelves and what they put back. Users will be billed upon departure through the SSG Pay app and a cloud PoS system.