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STORES | Staff Reporter, Singapore

NTUC FairPrice's Cheers launches unmanned store in Tampines

Its AI system can automatically detect the items that customers have picked up.

Cheers, a subsidiary of NTUC FairPrice, has launched a 24-hour unmanned and cashless store in Tampines in Singapore, according to a press release.

In partnership with Visa, the revamped unmanned and cashless convenience store employs artificial intelligence (AI) and image recognition technology. Customers who patronise the new store only need to pick out the items they wish to purchase and walk out of the store.

“The advanced AI system is smart enough to detect the items they have picked out and will automatically process payment for the items when they exit the premises,” the company said.

The unmanned Cheers store is expected to save up to 240 man hours per week.

The store is also the company's fourth operational unmanned store. Cheers introduced its first unmanned and cashless store concept at Nanyang Polytechnic in 2017, followed by an additional two more unmanned stores at the National University of Singapore.

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