HSINCHU, July 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — ITRI and 7-Eleven have collaborated to build "X-STORE 7," a 24-hour unmanned convenience store using AIoT technologies. Situated on ITRI’s headquarters, X-STORE 7 integrates ITRI’s Grab & Go System Service that includes smart shelves and a variety of AI sensors, creating a business model conducive to rapid scale-up.
Dr. Pang-An Ting, General Director of ITRI’s Information and Communications Research Laboratories, said, "We integrated smart shelves with AI technologies such as weight sensors, infrared-light curtain, ID confirmation, and customer positioning technologies to fully grasp consumer preferences and digitalize store management." He added that this "not only aids businesses in streamlining operations and addresses labor allocation challenges, but also caters to the shopping needs of remote and under-resourced areas."
7-Eleven highlighted that X-STORE 7 is the first unmanned convenience store in Taiwan to operate independently without the need for assistance from an adjacent store. The smart shelves and ledger system allow for efficient inventory monitoring, sales tracking, and identification of customer hotspots, with just one remote worker managing these tasks in real time. Customers can simply display a QR code from the 7-Eleven app to enter, pick up or return items without the need for baskets or carts, and finalize purchases at a dedicated checkout area before exiting.
Compared to existing cashier-less stores which mainly rely on capital-intensive computer vision, the X-STORE 7’s sensor-driven approach significantly reduces computation complexity and camera-related costs, creating a business model favorable to rapid expansion and deployment.
Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is one of the world’s leading technology R&D institutions aiming to innovate a better future for society. Founded in 1973, ITRI has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan’s industries from labor-intensive into innovation-driven. To address market needs and global trends, it has launched its 2035 Technology Strategy and Roadmap that focuses on innovation development in Smart Living, Quality Health, Sustainable Environment, and Resilient Society.
Over the years, ITRI has been dedicated to incubating startups and spinoffs, including well-known names such as UMC and TSMC. In addition to its headquarters in Taiwan, ITRI has branch offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan in an effort to extend its R&D scope and promote international cooperation across the globe. For more information, please visit https://www.itri.org/eng.