Since Monday, January 28th, Carrefour tests its very first store that opens 24/24 7 in France. This point of sale that no longer lowers its curtain every night is the Carrefour City located 42 “avenue de la Motte Picquet”, in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. In this district not far from the Eiffel Tower, the 520 m² store which is already offering a wide range of products, is now accessible to customers continuously.
With a simple principle to put in place: from 23:30 to 7:00 am, the staff are no longer present. Three security guards to ensure the filtering at the entrance and the security of the place, while on the shopping side, all departments remain accessible, for any race route. Payment is necessarily made on one of the 8 automatic cash registers. For reasons of legislation, the sale of alcohol is prohibited during the night hours, and sliding curtains arranged on the shelves concerned can close these (same for fresh furniture or are arranged some bottles and beers, with a device of window locks).
Outside of France, the distributor has some stores continuously open in Italy and Spain for several years. And it is preparing at the beginning of the year a downtown store permanently open in Brussels, Belgium. With a surface of 60 m², fully robotic, this point of sale should allow the customer to withdraw the order or to buy its products on a screen, purchases being prepared by PLCs.