Staff-less convenience stores have been popping up across China since 2017.
These little shipping-container-sized stores don’t have any staff inside and they don’t accept cash.
To get inside you have to use an app called WeChat which verifies your name and phone number so you can’t run away with any of the goods.
To pay for your items you use WeChat or Alipay, another app, which is connect to your bank card.
- Staff-less stores reduce the running costs of shops.
- Staff-less stores operate 24/7.
I visited the staff-less store near my apartment and despite my lack of Chinese I managed to buy a pack of biscuits without getting locked in!