Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Supermarket opened without staff
A completely digitized mini supermarket that is open around the clock has been opened at the train station in Renningen, Baden-Württemberg.
The market gets by without employees. Instead, a mechanical system with robot technology searches for the desired goods and then makes them available at an output.
Customers order and pay for the products using a smartphone app or at a machine. For the opening of the market, which, according to Deutsche Bahn, went as planned, interested parties initially had around 300 different items available. Later it should be up to 800 – including basic food, chilled goods and drugstore items. According to the railway, it is the first fully digitized 24-hour supermarket in Germany at a train station.
The company put the investment costs at around half a million euros.
The state-owned company is working on the project with Edeka Südwest and the Stuttgart technology startup Smark.
The group wants to try out innovative offers at these selected stations.