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Asia300 charges ahead into physical stores

China's No. 2 e-tailer planning hundreds of cashier-free supermarkets

A cashier-free X supermarket in Yantai, Shandong Province. (Photo by Daisuke Harashima)

DALIAN, China -- is leveraging the logistics network it built up through e-commerce to enlarge its real-world presence, aiming to open 500 automated supermarkets across China this year.

Such internet services giants as Tencent Holdings and Alibaba Group Holding have been strengthening efforts in physical stores of late., too, will now go all-out by greatly expanding its offline retail network.

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