April 18, 2017
Lawson and Panasonic have conducted the industry-first experimental demonstration of Regi-Robo, an entirely automated checkout system. The experiment was conducted at the Lawson Panasonic-Mae store (Moriguchi, Osaka), an experimental store of the next-generation convenience store with the support of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Lawson and Panasonic also conducted the experimental demonstration using RFIDs (electronic tags) in February 2017. By realizing speedier checkouts without the need to scan purchased items before payments in the future, we aim to further enhance convenience for customers.
Lawson is promoting a revolution in productivity to increase the efficiency of the convenience store operations in which complexity is growing. With the Regi-robo system, customers picked up items and scanned the item's barcode, and then put the items into the "Smart Basket, a special basket for the system. When customers then placed the basket into the dedicated checkout counter, the system automatically settled the transaction and placed the purchased items into a plastic bag. As store staff did not need to scan products for registration or packing, the new system contributed to labor-savings in store operations. To further improve customers' convenience and the productivity of operations, Lawson and Panasonic attached RFIDs, electronic tags to products, instead of barcodes, which enabled the communication information and eliminated the need of product scanning.
aims to provide solutions for AI robotics appliances, customer service
at stores and distribution/transportation by fully using our IoT and
robotics technology in order to realize better life and society. This
time, we have developed the Regi-robo using our know-hows for
productivity enhancement in factories, the mechatronics technology and
sensing technology, all of which we have accumulated in the
manufacturing industry. The Regi-Robo is a customer-friendly
self-checkout machine which will shorten customers' time for settlements
and operations at register counters.
Regi-robo is selected as an "experimental business to implement robotics in FY2016" with subsidies from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.