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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

Comments

duncannah

interesting

Dec 20, 2018 23:36
paradox

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

Dec 21, 2018 06:29
Anon3

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.
http://bz-ticket.de/automaten-emma-freiburg
http://fudder.de/freiburger-warenwelt-15-die-automaten-emma

Dec 21, 2018 09:53
paradox

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

Dec 21, 2018 10:45
silverflipper

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
RuWel

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