Fully autonomous stores are beginning to appear in some of the world's busiest cities and Swedish retail start-up Lifvs is now bringing automated, unmanned grocery stores to rural parts of Sweden. At a time when conventional stores and supermarkets have shuttered their doors, people who live in remote areas can now use their phones to access the goods at these 24-hour staffless stores.
With the company's app downloaded and a payment card linked, customers can gain entry to the store, choose what they want to buy, scan the barcodes on the items and pay with the app. Thanks to the whole system, cost savings are passed onto shoppers, who also benefit from getting to avoid lines.
The stores are housed in containers that can be grouped and easily replenished as needed.
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