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Vending machine for alcoholic beverages to allow customers buy beer in unmanned convenience stores
Updated: 2021-07-29 10:07:41 KST
This convenience store in Korea is unmanned, at least at night.
They have staff during the day, but from 11 PM to 6 AM, customers serve themselves.
You go into the store at night by simply inserting your credit card into the card reader at the door.
And you use the self-checkout when you leave.
The convenience store chain Emart24 says out of about 5,500 of its franchise stores across the country around 150 stores are operated in this way.
Even though they're unmanned, the stores also sell beer.

"To buy alcoholic beverages from this vending machine… customers must scan a QR code form of their driver's license issued on a mobile app… to verify their age."

Then you put your credit card into the machine to open the door.
And the coolest thing is that to pay you don't have to scan your beer.
A camera sees which products you've chosen, and charges them to your card when you close the door.

"We have decided to use this vending machine to provide convenience to customers and to run our stores more effciently."

The company also said it plans to expand the use of this machine to sell products other than alcohol.
Another major convenience store chain, CU, uses the same machine in some of its stores.
And GS25 also plans to adopt it next month.
This could pave the way for retailers to launch fully unmanned convenience stores running 24/7.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.
Reporter : ejbae@arirang.com