Being that the modern shopping experience is becoming more digitized than ever, Japan-based brand Softbank is going the next step with a smartphone store that will be staffed entirely by robots.
Softbank, which owns U.S. telecom brand Sprint, will open the store in March 2016 and work as a new venture for a limited time to help test the brand's robotic innovations. Everything from store managers, to product specialists will be robots, which will enable consumer to purchase new smartphones and plans.
Softbank made waves with the development of the Pepper humanoid robot, so the move toward robotic retail is an interesting way to try the technology out firsthand. With consumers coming to expect digital integration in all aspects of retail, it's likely we'll see more innovations in the near future to set an even higher precedent.