A customer scans a QR code for shopping at a smart community convenience store near Suzhou Bridge in Haidian district, Beijing, July 18, 2017. [Photo by Zhao Naiming/tuku.qianlong.com]
Recently, a smart community convenience store opened near Suzhou Bridge in Haidian district of Beijing. Different from traditional convenience stores, the store doesn’t have an assistant or a cash register, and customers enter the store through face recognition and pay for goods via scanning QR codes on phones.
The store covers an area of about 20 square meters and mainly sells foods and drinks on the shelves. It is also equipped with microwave ovens, soya-bean milk machines, thermal containers and universal chargers to facilitate customers.
A shopping guide is placed on the door of the store, which instructs customers with three steps for self-service shopping in the store. First, scan the QR code to follow the store’s official WeChat account and enter the phone number to complete the real-name registration. Second, unlock the door and enter the store after being identified by the store’s camera with the function of face recognition. Third, open the “scan QR codes for shopping” on the WeChat account and then purchase goods in the store.
This smart convenience store offers citizens 24-hour one-stop smart convenience services with the advantages of a small footprint, low cost and high technology. But above all, the store tests citizens’ personal qualities and its operation largely depends on citizens’ civilized behaviors.
Currently, the store near Suzhou Bridge has begun the internal test in the spring of 2017, and more than 10 stores of such kind have been put into trail operation in Changping, Daxing, Shunyi, Tongzhou and Fangshan districts in Beijing.
A staff member demonstrates how to scan QR codes for shopping at a smart community convenience store near Suzhou Bridge in Haidian district, Beijing, July 18, 2017. [Photo by Zhao Naiming/tuku.qianlong.com]
Photo taken on July 18, 2017 shows a smart community convenience store near Suzhou Bridge in Haidian district, Beijing. [Photo by Zhao Naiming/tuku.qianlong.com]