China's version of Amazon's cashier-less store is here



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Chinese e-commerce giant Taobao has found another way to rival Amazon.

It recently debuted a pop-up cashier-less cafe called Tao Cafe. You scan your smartphone at the door, grab what you need, and after you step out, the bill will be automatically sent to your smart phone. Sound familiar?

The 200 square metre (2,152 square foot) Tao Cafe is the brainchild of Taobao, which is owned by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

HANGZHOU, CHINA - JULY 08:  A woman uses the Ant Financial Services Group's Alipay app to scan the QR code as she enters the Alibaba Self-service Store 'Tao Cafe' during the Taobao Maker Festival at Hangzhou International Expo Center on July 8, 2017 in Hangzhou, China. People can enter the store after using the Ant Financial Services Group's Alipay app to scan the QR code at the gate, and after shopping, the customers just need to enter a pay area between two doors and wait for a few seconds.  (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

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HANGZHOU, CHINA - JULY 08:  A man leaves  the pay area after shopping at the Alibaba Self-service Store 'Tao Cafe' during the Taobao Maker Festival at Hangzhou International Expo Center on July 8, 2017 in Hangzhou, China. People can enter the store after using the Ant Financial Services Group's Alipay app to scan the QR code at the gate, and after shopping, the customers just need to enter a pay area between two doors and wait for a few seconds.  (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

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Hundreds of eager Chinese customers experienced the store for themselves over the weekend at Taobao’s Makers Festival in Hangzhou where it debuted.  Read more…

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