Coop Sweden has announced plans to open its first round-the-clock unmanned stores in the city of Gävle as part of a pilot project.
The two stores will be operated by Coop Mitt, which has a network of more than 60 stores in Gästrikland, Hälsingland, Dalarna, Uppland and Västmanland.
CEO of Coop Mitt, Meta Persdotter, said, “The focus on unmanned stores is a way for us to be in more places where we see potential. At the same time, we offer a solution for customers who want to be able to visit a Coop store regardless of the time of day.
“It will also be possible for us to reach more customers during high seasons or holidays - for example at ski resorts or during special events. In the long term, we hope that the pilot project will result in more unmanned stores around our area.”
The pilot project is scheduled to launch in autumn of this year, the retailer added.
Coop Sweden has developed a new self-scanning application to allow customers to scan and pay for goods using their mobile phones.
CEO of Coop Sweden, Magnus Johansson, added, “The investment is about more people being able to buy good food when it suits them.
"This is a way for us, together with our members, to drive Sweden forward, create new opportunities for our consumers, and, with the help of digital development, offer a new type of shopping solution.”
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