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Amazon Go Has a Real Rival in Japan

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A cashierless kiosk in Tokyo's Akabane train station.

A Japanese company has developed a cashierless retail system that could rival Amazon Go.

Credit: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Tokyo, Japan-based Signpost Corp. has developed a system that could rival Amazon Go in terms of quickly providing consumers with products.

The Super Wonder Register system uses cameras and artificial intelligence software to track merchandise purchases, without the need for clerks or cash registers.

The system, which Signpost founder Yasushi Kambara said can be installed in any store, has already been deployed in a kiosk on the platform of a train station in Tokyo.

Kambara said Signpost plans to install 30,000 systems in Japan by February 2021, including the Wonder Register, a simpler checkout terminal that identifies products using cameras.

Said Kambara, "There are already automated highway tolls and turnstiles at train stations. In the same way, we want to automate store registers. That's my dream."

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