Even bakery chains in China are obsessed with checkout automation

We talked about the frenzy of unmanned convenient store phenomenon in China (see link). We wonder how far it will go.

And today bakery chains are looking not to completely eliminate human operation but speed up the checkout process. So welcome the image recognition solution to enhance the efficiency of transaction, basically taking a photo of the bread and calculating the total price automatically. A local startup shows me the demo video below:

 

 

The startup can provide you different styles of self-service hardware at lower costs, supporting 16 languages and various payment methods.

Or you can integrate the solution with your existing POS, and the costs start only at RMB6,000 (USD896) per store per year.

 

Not only does the image recognition check-out apply to bread&cake, but also it can identify Chinese fast food at 0.02 seconds per dish, 0.1  seconds for the lunch set, albeit at less accuracy rate compared with the bakery products.

The startup told that a small pilot for Korean bakery chain brand Paris Baguette will be soon launched.

A similar idea has also been tested in Hong Kong’s Circle K convenience stores, which enables customers to complete the self-checkout process within seconds by scanning the physical products themselves rather than barcodes. The initiative has been powered by Fung Retailing Group and JD.com.

Let us see whether this trend will take substantial momentum in the long run or not.

By: Cecilia Wu