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Japanese railway firm JR East is set to open its first unstaffed, cashless NewDays convenience store at its Musashisakai Station in Tokyo, Japan.

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Saha Group, which operates in consumer goods (Lawson convenience stores), fashion, textiles and services, will launch its first unmanned store in Thailand within three months. Technology-led store Saha’s first unmanned store under the banner “His & Her” is 100 sq m. It uses facial recognition, QR code reading and radio frequency identification technologies invested by the company. The store...
Rakuten and Seiyu will deliver products from the Seiyu LIVIN Yokosuka Store in Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, to visitors in Sarushima via drones. Drone service to launch on 4 July 2019 Starting on 4 July 2019, the new initiative will service Sarushima, a popular sightseeing destination and the only uninhabited island in Tokyo Bay. It will run for around three months, and Rakuten Drone...
VinMart, a leading retailer in Vietnam, has placed large posters displaying images of over 100 daily essential products on shelves to look like a supermarket in 20 locations. Shoppers can buy these products by scanning QR codes on their mobile phone and pay with the VinID app. Expanding to more locations These virtual stores are placed in dormitories, office buildings, schools and bus stops...
A.S. Watson and L'Oréal's AI and AR firm ModiFace have launched a virtual makeup service. Technology driving online and offline integration L'Oréal continues to work with A.S. Watson to develop better beauty experiences for shoppers. Last year, the two businesses launched ColorLab by Watsons . Now, they have launched a new technology that allows shoppers to discover and test makeup ...

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NTUC FairPrice opened its largest FairPrice Xtra hypermarket in VivoCity officially on 6th August 2019. The store uses a shopper-centric design approach to deliver a fun ambience and engaging shopping experience.
We visited the flagship store of Tops Daily in Singha Complex. It is the most technologically advanced store in Thailand, providing shoppers with a seamless online-offline experience.
FamilyMart Taiwan has launched a new range of biodegradable tableware under the FamilyMart Collection (FMC) label.
Japan’s second largest convenience chain, FamilyMart, has launched its own smartphone payment system in July 2019.
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