Like Amazon’s breakthrough unmanned grocery stores that opened in 2018, the Carrefour minimarket looks like any ordinary convenience store, brimming with sodas and snacks, tucked between sprawling storefronts of this city-state.
But hidden among the familiar fare lies a sophisticated system that tracks shoppers’ movements, eliminating the checkout line and allowing people to grab the products they’ll walk out with. Only those with the store’s smartphone app may enter. Nearly a hundred small surveillance cameras blanket the ceiling. Countless sensors line the shelves. Five minutes after shoppers leave, their phones ping with receipts for whatever they put in their bags.
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