An entrepreneur in Sweden has opened the first app-enabled, staffless convenience store in the small town of Viken.
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The 24-hour shop, opened by Robert Ilijason, stocks basically everything you would expect from a convenience store, including milk, bread, sugar, canned food and diapers. To shop there, local patrons simply download the shop’s app and register as a customer. Then, they use their smartphone to enter the store and scan their items. At the end of the month, they receive a bill for all of their items. The store, which relies on the honesty of customers, is also protected by six surveillance cameras and Ilijason, who lives nearby, receives a text alert if the front door remains open for longer than eight seconds.
The store provides a great alternative for customers, who would otherwise have to drive long distances to the nearest supermarket. Could the store be replicated in other isolated places?