FRANCE - Checkout-Free Shops Open in China

Arno Froese

Auchan, one of France’s leading retail groups, announced that it would open several hundred shops without checkout counters in China by the year-end.

“The operation of Auchan Minute is very simple and intuitive. To enter, the customer uses the application WeChat. At the entrance, it scans a code that opens him the doors of this automated shop and identifies it,” Auchan said in a statement.

After scanning the products, they are automatically added to a virtual cart. The customer takes the products after paying them via Wechat Pay or AliPay and validating them by the mobile, the company added.

Every Auchan Minute will offer 500 products for sale 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Founded in 1961 by Gerard Mulliez, Auchan is France’s second largest retail group after Carrefour.

-www.chinadaily.com.cn, 7 November 2017

Arno's commentary

During the last few decades, there has been much information and speculation about a cashless society. While money still counts, we see that, instead of printed money, numbers have become the decisive currency. The bank statement of a person will be the same, whether withdrawing or depositing cash, making electronic payments or deposits, writing a check or depositing one: the end result is always the same. However, there is a distinct difference: now what is important is the identity of the person, and in order to participate in such, more about oneself must be revealed than ever before. That means, welcome to the new age.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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