World’s first staff-less supermarket opens in Sweden

World’s first staff-less supermarket opens in Sweden
Swedish IT entrepreneur Robert Ilijason shows how to use a cell phone to scan a purchase at the no-staff, app shop in the southern Sweden village of Viken in this photo dated Jan. 27, 2016. Customers to the new general store need to register and download a cell phone app, then customers simply use their cellphones to unlock the door with a swipe of the finger and scan their purchases then they get charged for their purchases in a monthly invoice. (AP Photo/Jan Olsen)
Swedish IT entrepreneur Robert Ilijason shows how to use a cell phone to scan a purchase at the no-staff, app shop in the southern Sweden village of Viken in this photo dated Jan. 27, 2016. Customers to the new general store need to register and download a cell phone app, then customers simply use their cellphones to unlock the door with a swipe of the finger and scan their purchases then they get charged for their purchases in a monthly invoice. (AP Photo/Jan Olsen)

The world’s first staff-less supermarket opens in Sweden. In the 45-square-meter store, customers can find daily necessities, except cigarettes, drugs and alcohol. The Supermarket relies entirely on mobile payment via smartphone. Once customers register and download a smartphone app they can use their devices to unlock the door of the 24 hour store and then purchase goods. At the end of each month they receive an invoice.

The new supermarket is the brainchild of Swedish IT entrepreneur Robert Ilijason who demonstrated how to use the Näraffar (shop nearby) smartphone app to scan a purchase. ‘To enter you need to use your app where you identify yourself using BankID which is a Swedish ID solution used by the banks,’ Mr Ilijason told MailOnline.

Located in the small village of Viken in Sweden, the front door of the supermarket is open 24-hours a day. The store has a mobile payment system via smartphone and so almost completely do without staff. The customers scan and pay for the goods themselves, the store operator ensures that the shelves are filled. Six cameras in and outside the store monitor the purchase and to deter thieves. Is the front door open longer than six seconds, the shopkeeper will be informed on his smartphone.

While shopping, customers scan the goods through the app using the smartphone camera and can then put it in her shopping bag . The store owner wants his own words, especially the elderly have the opportunity to do your daily shopping, without the distance walk or drive to the nearest large supermarket have. The problem: Many of them have no phone or are not sufficiently familiar with the technology. Therefore shopkeeper Robert Ilijason thinks about alternatives such as credit card terminals or an employee who helps in the shop first-time buyers.

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