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US startup steals march on Amazon with grab-and-go shopping in Japan

Standard Cognition touts 'much cheaper' AI-based solution amid labor shortage

Standard Cognition opened a pilot store for its automated cashierless checkout system in San Francisco in September. (Photo courtesy of Standard Cognition)

TOKYO -- A small Silicon Valley startup is hoping to steal a march on e-commerce giant Amazon in Japan with plans for thousands of cashierless stores, where customers will be able to simply pick products from the shelves and walk out of the shop.

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