FRENCH RE­TAIL FIRM AUCHAN TO OPEN CHECK­OUT-FREE SHOPS IN CHINA

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Auchan, one of France’s lead­ing re­tail groups, has an­nounced that it would open sev­eral shops with­out check­out coun­ters in China by the year-end, a me­dia re­port said. “The op­er­a­tion of Auchan Minute is very sim­ple and in­tu­itive. To en­ter, the cus­tomer uses the ap­pli­ca­tion Wechat. At the en­trance, it scans a code that opens him the doors of this au­to­mated shop and iden­ti­fies it,” Xin­hua news agency quoted Auchan as say­ing in a state­ment.

After scan­ning the prod­ucts, they are au­to­mat­i­cally added to a vir­tual cart. The cus­tomer takes the prod­ucts after pay­ing them via Wechat Pay or Ali­pay and val­i­dat­ing them by the mo­bile, the com­pany added. Founded in 1961 by Ger­ard Mul­liez, Auchan is France’s sec­ond largest re­tail group after Car­refour.

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