Auchan Minute is a micro-store concept that has become very popular in China. The first box was installed in the spring of 2017 in Shanghai, and since then the number of “boxes” in this country has increased to 700. Now boxes have appeared in three French cities – Perpignan, Biarritz and Limoges, according to 20minutes.
The main concept of Auchan Minute micro-shops is to eliminate the use of sales staff and cashiers, and fully automate the shopping process, when payments for goods are made via smartphone. Auchan Minute customers simply scan the QR code on the front door to enter the store.
Then, using the smartphone camera, you need to scan the barcodes of the desired products, adding them to the virtual shopping cart in the mobile application. Then the customer should check their shopping list and make the online payment for the goods before leaving the store.
Auchan, however, refrained from wanting to replicate China’s success in France, saying “there is no way for this container to compete with physical stores”. For the distribution giant, it is more of an experiment with “new means of payment” and a study of demand.
Holding Auchan is a French company represented in 16 countries around the world, which includes three major autonomous organizations: Auchan Retail, Immochan and Oney Banque Accord. In Ukraine, the company is represented by 25 points of sale in the “hypermarket” format.
Should we expect the appearance of cash desks without staff in Ukraine? What do you think?