In December, Panasonic introduced “Reji Robo” or register robots and it is trialing the new technology at convenience store chain Lawson. Today, customers have to scan merchandise manually with robotic baskets but Panasonic aims to make the process frictionless in 2017 where customers will be able to just place the items in the basket without any scanning. If successful, Panasonic plans to introduce the system nationwide in 2018.
The system “could bring a revolution to the broader retailing industry,” Lawson President and COO Sadanobu Takemasu told the told The Wall Street Journal. “We all face a scarcity of labor.”
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