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Carrefour to open automated 24-hour supermarket

21:43 20/12/2018

A 24-hour Carrefour Express supermarket powered by vending machines will open in downtown Brussels early next year.

The store, on Rue du Marché aux Peaux near the Grand-Place, will have no aisles or cashiers - but will still employ staff to keep the stock replenished and to bake fresh bread.

Using a touch-screen, customers can fill their shopping basket from a range of about 400 everyday products, pay by card and collect their shopping from a hatch. Orders can also be placed online for collection.

A Carrefour spokesman said the 24/7 experiment had "a lot a potential" - and could be extended to other busy locations in city centres or railway stations, where space is tight.

"The goal is not to build a shop without staff," he added. "Employees will work behind the scenes to bake bread, replenish products and solve technical problems."

Written by The Bulletin




Dec 20, 2018 23:36

The goal IS to build a shop without employees....OBVIOUSLY

Dec 21, 2018 06:29

Not exactly a new concept. There was an automated shop in Freiburg-Br back in the 1980's. Not a chain, just a single shop. It's still around today apparently.

Dec 21, 2018 09:53

businesses will go to any lengths to eliminate employees, it's wrong, it's immoral, it should be illegal

Dec 21, 2018 10:45

We have had a 24/7 Carrefour Express where we live for several years now. Staffed by real people too.

Dec 21, 2018 18:22
Paul Flaherty

So, where do you live silverflipper?

Dec 22, 2018 00:35

I just wonder how long it will take before the same happens as with AD Delhaize Bourse when they installed a similar “automatic night shop” a few years ago.
But maybe Carrefour has bigger financial backing to pay the “pizzo”.

Dec 30, 2018 19:18