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Japan convenience stores plan next generation of self-checkout

Speedier system helps chains seek efficiency amid retail labor shortages

The new self-checkout system will eliminate the need to scan each item individually.

TOKYO -- Seven-Eleven Japan and four other major convenience store operators in the country will introduce self-checkout registers that can read the prices of items that are still in a basket, the latest effort to cope with a severe lack of manpower.

The Seven & i Holdings unit will be joined by rivals LawsonMinistop, FamilyMart shops under FamilyMart Uny Holdings and East Japan Railway's Newdays stores. The chain operators look to debut the system next year in large cities and reach all outlets across Japan by 2025.

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