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Honestbee opens “HABITAT” Grocery that does not accept Cash

Constructed by honestbee, the 60,000 sq ft retail store is filled with fully automated check-out system dubbed AutoCheckout where customers pay via a smartphone app and even made the RoboCollect – robots that collect and pack their groceries into bags.

Founded in 2015, honestbee started out as a grocery delivery service and later explored the laundry and food delivery service industry.

Managing Director Pauline Png said that online retail amounts to less than 10 percent of global retail sales, on to their decision to move into the physical retail market. The robotic check-out and collection system that honestbee implemented can handle 300 customers an hour.

There is close to no queueing process, leaving the customers free to do what they want with their remaining time, said Ms. Png.

On the other hand, if a customer has 10 or fewer grocery items they can use their smartphone to scan each item and pay using honestbee’s official companion app.

Habitat sports a huge selection of 20,000 different products including fresh produce, meat and even seafood. Honestbee intends to provide a whole new experience on how people can shop for groceries in the age of smartphones.

The official opening ceremony is on October 18, where it will start competing with RedMart, Amazon Prime, foodpanda, Deliveroo and GrabFood.


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