Wheelys, a startup that shot to fame with its innovative “all-in-one cafe on a bike,” once again hogged the limelight after announcing its plan to launch an unmanned convenience store in Shanghai. The unmanned retail store, called Wheelys 247, would allow the customers to purchase a variety of items by scanning a merchandise with a connected mobile app.
The store would require an app-based password to allow entry to the customers while the cameras installed inside would deter any theft, notes Tech Crunch. The company, which earlier launched a cashier-free shop in a small town in Sweden, believes the concept will popularize soon and the world will have more such stores in next five to ten years.
Wheelys cofounder and C.E.O. Maria De La Croix describes unmanned retail stores as an innovative, effective and cheaper solution for those to plan to retail items for livelihood, reports Gongsters.