The 7-11 chain convenience store is ubiquitous in the US, famous for being open late and selling all kinds of small grocery-type products. However, the cashier position may be no more as the grocery chain is testing out her first store staffed by robotics and AI.
The pilot store, at 7-Eleven headquarters in Irving, uses a mixture of algorithms and predictive technology to separate individual customers and their purchases from others in the store.
The concept location offers some of the most popular products sold at traditional 7-Eleven stores, including drinks, snacks, groceries, and non-food items.
“Ultimately, our goal is to exceed consumers’ expectations for faster, easier transactions and a seamless shopping experience,” said Mani Suri, 7-Eleven senior vice president and chief information officer. “Introducing new store technology to 7-Eleven employees first has proven to be a very productive way to test and learn before launching to a wider audience.”
But there are requirements to actually shop in the cashierless store. To test the store, employees must download an app, sign up, and check in at the store before shopping. The receipt for the purchase automatically appears in the app when the customer exits. (source)
This is a small test, but one must pay attention to these things, because this is the future, where humans are eliminated in the name of profit and progress a little at a time. It begins with economics first, but eventually will stretch to the political, and at that point it will be too late, for what one is seeing right now is the implementation of a eugenic philosophy that sees men as commodities to exploit and nothing more, and that can be disposed of when they are believe to have no further commercial value in them.