7-Eleven Taiwan opens first unmanned 'X-Store'

7-Eleven Taiwan unveils new unmanned 'X-Store' using state-of-the-art technology to serve customers without staff.

President Chain Store Corp. announced that has officially launched an internal test run of what it is calling it's new "X-Store," which would be only the second such unmanned 7-Eleven in the world after one was launched in Seoul, South Korea in May of last year.

The first X-Store in Taiwan is located in corporate headquarters as during the initial testing phase it will only be open to internal company employees, and instead of staying open 24 hours or from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., as the name implies, it will at this stage only be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m

The store will employ a variety of new software and hardware to operate a new series of services provided via facial recognition technology including "Face in," for entry to the store; "Face pay," to make payments; and "Face go," for checkout

Screen capture of video showing demonstration of 7-Eleven's new facial recognition technology

Many of these new technologies will be the first of their kind in the convenience store industry, including its Openpoint membership system, facial biometric identification, production identification, automated induction through its "open show case,""icash," smart voice interactivity, Internet of Things system utilization, hot spot analysis, microwave ovens with scanners, self service POS systems, electronic labels, e-POP, robot greeters, and robot sweepers among other innovations.