Panasonic Takes Item Out of Bagging Area: Human

OSAKA, Japan— Panasonic Corp. is introducing convenience-store checkout machines that can scan and bag items on their own, joining Inc. in the push for more retail automation.

In the Panasonic system, demonstrated here Monday, a special shopping basket is designed to detect the merchandise in the basket and calculate the bill. After a customer places the basket in a slot, the bottom of the basket slides out and the merchandise drops into a plastic bag underneath, ready to be carried away. Customers can pay with cash or a card.

The system “could bring a revolution to the broader retailing industry,” […]

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