French supermarket expansion into convenience

Source: Auchan

French company Auchan has announced plans to expand its ‘Auchan Minute’ formula across China.

The small automated convenience store is planned to expand across hundreds of locations by early 2018.

Customers are required to identify themselves using a mobile phone app before they can enter the store and then they scan their products at the register.

No staff will be present in the store so any issues must be solved video chat with an employee offsite.

The miniature and convenient stores are open 24/7, and can be placed almost anywhere as they only required 18sqm.


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