Sweden Opens First Unstaffed Convenience Store

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Wed, Mar 2nd, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Robert Ilijason, a Swedish 39-year-old IT specialist, has opened a store that has no staff and no cashier. Customers user their phone to unlock the door and pay for their purchases using an app.

The shop has basics like milk, bread, sugar, canned food, diapers and other products that you expect to find in a small convenience store. It doesn't have tobacco or medical drugs because of the risk of theft. Alcohol cannot be sold in convenience stores in Sweden.

"My ambition is to spread this idea to other villages and small towns," said Ilijason. "It is incredible that no one has thought of his before."

He hopes the savings of having no staff will help bring back small stores to the countryside. In recent decades, such stores have been replaced by bigger supermarkets often many miles (kilometers) away.

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