What does the future of book shopping look like?
http://www.dongguantoday.com/     04/10/2018 10:32
Self-service start-ups have become the new fad for Chinese investors after the arrival of lots of successful players – big and small. Alibaba launched its Tao Cafe in late August, 2017, two months after JD Daojia rolled out something similar. There are also many smaller companies doing similar things like Xingbianli and Easyhome.

However, unmanned stores are not quite the novelty they once were. There are an increasingly large amount of them springing up around the country every week – from supermarkets and noodle-shops to bookstores. An unmanned bookstore opened in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in January this year.

How does it work?


IFANX Bookshop, unmanned bookstore, opens in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, January 8, 2018. [Photo/CGTN]

Scan the QR code on the glass door and wait until a mini-program appears. As soon as the door flashes, you are in the bookstore. On the back of each book, you will find a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) circuit, which uses electro-magnetic fields to track the book on your way out. Stand in the payment area and scan the QR code once more and you have successfully made a purchase.

"It can save some labor costs. Also, we collect information, like the customers' shopping habits and their book preferences. Then, in the future, we know what books we should provide," said Fang Hao, Chief Operating Officer, IFANX Bookshop.
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来源:LifeofGuangzhou     Editor:容艳君