A high-tech retail space powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics has been launched at one of Singapore’s transit retail spaces, providing commuters with self-checkout retail experiences as well as beverages prepared and served by robots.
Dubbed Hive 2.0, the space, located in Esplanade Xchange, was developed by Stellar Lifestyle, the business arm of Singapore public transport operator SMRT, together with retail partners including 7-Eleven and technology startups Javis Holdings and QuikBot Technologies.
At 7-Eleven’s first self-checkout store, which is fitted with smart cameras and sensors, commuters can tap their credit card to enter the store, pick up the items they need, and leave the store without going to a cashier. Purchases are automatically charged to their card as they exit.
Source: Computer Weekly