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Japan's Daiei to open unmanned supermarket with Chinese startup

Aeon group retailer cuts cost with fewer sensors developed by Cloudpick

Daiei is opening its first unmanned store in Tokyo's Koto area. The bottom half of the photo shows a Cloudpick store in Shanghai. (Source photo by Tomoki Mera) 

TOKYO -- Supermarket chain Daiei, an affiliate of Japanese retailer Aeon, will open an unmanned store in Tokyo this summer in collaboration with Chinese startup Cloudpick, Nikkei has learned.

Daiei will open the first store in Tokyo's Koto area, before possibly rolling out to other area. The shelves in the store will be stocked by staff, but there will be no cashier. Shelves in unmanned stores, such as Amazon.com's Amazon Go, are equipped with cameras and sensors that can detect when customers pick up a product and charge them automatically.

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