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FamilyMart preps 1,000 unmanned stores in Japan by 2024

Convenience store employs dozens of cameras to meet labor shortage challenge

FamilyMart's trial store in Tokyo used 50 cameras to monitor a 50 sq.-meter-space, about 30% the size of a regular outlet. (Photo by Makoto Okada)

TOKYO -- Convenience store operator FamilyMart looks to open about 1,000 unstaffed shops by the end of fiscal 2024 offering the same products as the chain's regular outlets, in the first large-scale deployment of fully automated stores in Japan.

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