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Q: “New Retail”- How are yr experiences (if any) in the futuristic stores openin’ in China ?

The Grocery Store Of The Future Is Mobile, Self-Driving, And Run By AI In Shanghai, a prototype of a new 24-hour convenience store has no staff, no registers, and the whole thing is on wheels, designed to eventually drive itself to a warehouse to restock, or to a customer to make a delivery. https://www.fastcompany.com/40429419/this-tiny-grocery-store-is-mobile-s... Chinese companies have been busy weaving together the online and offline worlds, trying for an ever more seamless fit. Convenience stores that have no sales assistants or cashiers are popping up in big cities. E-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding and its rival JD.com have poured money into department stores and grocery chains. Alibaba is launching fresh-produce grocery stores in the Whole Foods vein, with the first 13 open in three cities. There, customers can order, eat in, take out and arrange for groceries to be delivered to their homes—all done by phone. No cash or credit cards. Only Alibaba’s affiliated payment app, Alipay, is accepted. http://www.chinabevnews.com/2017/07/why-you-should-look-to-china-for-future.html https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608104/in-china-a-store-of-the-future...

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Really is perfect in China because there are too many stores...Just one mall is 8 stories high and a day's outing even if you are looking for a common item and interested in comparing..Online eliminates all of that wasted time on escalators and passing by shops that don't carry what you want. 

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It's the end of the high street as we older folk remember. Thats for sure.

These delivery lockers outside apartment blocks are the game changer in my opinion. Order anything on your phone, at any time, use wechat or alipay, and next day its in a locker downstairs. Why go to a shop?

I think the next stage will be the elimination of the hundreds of thousands of 3 wheel delivery drivers. The lockers will become reverse dumpsters. Loaded at a warehouse through the day, delivered by truck at night, the empty being replaced by the full. An extension of warehouse automation. A couple of guys in trucks doing the job of hundreds of trike riders.

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Yep, I totally see that happening. Most deliveries will go straight to the lockers and big delivery trucks will take care of the ones that are too big to fit in the lockers. My residence has so many lockers scattered around (way more than could ever be used even if every residents received 10 packages simultaneously) that there is really no reason to keep using the three wheels delivery guys at this point. Also once your package is in the lockers you can pick it up on your way back from work, unlike the delivery guys where you need to be at home whenever they show up (totally random time of the day and different everyday for the same package) and if you are not then too bad for you and wait until tomorrow, rinse and repeat.

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Really is perfect in China because there are too many stores...Just one mall is 8 stories high and a day's outing even if you are looking for a common item and interested in comparing..Online eliminates all of that wasted time on escalators and passing by shops that don't carry what you want. 

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Unemployment...mass unemployment....

 

which could lead lead to social upheaval

 

i Wonder if anyone in government has thought this through?

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But, the store very modern, China very innovative!

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man I wish they HMV here in Shenzhen,they have one in Hong Kong.

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