In 2019, a new 24-hour bookstore opened in north China's Xiongan New Area. The brick-and-mortar destination was peculiar as it had no staff and instead consumers required a membership to get in. New users are expected to swipe their ID cards and pass by facial recognition technology to register.
The entire environment of the 24-hour bookstore relies on the IoT and the 5G network, making this a tech-heavy and convenience-focused shopping experience. Guests of the business can turn to the store's app, which provides them with assistance when locating a specific title. One can pay for a book via the WeChat payment scanning code.
The 24-hour bookstore is part of a larger development -- "China's millennium green city."
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