Called 7Fresh, the concept store is designed to offer a completely digitally integrated experience, requiring customers to download and register with its app to shop the store boasting mobile payment, 30-minute delivery and informational scanners

Grocery stores are rapidly evolving to meet the technological demands of today’s consumers. While some retailers are retrofitting or upgrading their facilities to offer connected capabilities, others are designing new stores built around a digitally enabled experience from the get-go. Ecommerce electronics retailer JD.com is taking the latter approach with its launch of 7Fresh , a concept grocery store created to offer shoppers the highest convenience.

7Fresh opened four of its digital-first locations this year and incorporates multiple high-tech features. Shoppers must register an account with the store’s app on their phones to shop. While the app includes a fruit-scanning program, letting shoppers scan barcodes on individually wrapped pieces to access information, the store features an overhead conveyor belt that allows for quick order processing—just a few elements of the store’s design intended to maximize efficiency and streamline the shopping experience.

Offering a remote capability as well, customers within three kilometers of a physical location can place orders online for delivery. All shoppers can pay for their goods with WeChat Pay or JD’s digital wallet, enabling a cashless experience as well. JD.com hopes to open as many as 30 stores by the end of 2018.

7Fresh | JD.com


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Grocery stores are rapidly evolving to meet the technological demands of today’s consumers. While some retailers are retrofitting or upgrading their facilities to offer connected capabilities, others are designing new stores built around a digitally enabled experience from the get-go. Ecommerce electronics retailer JD.com is taking the latter approach with its launch of 7Fresh , a concept grocery store created to offer shoppers the highest convenience.

7Fresh opened four of its digital-first locations this year and incorporates multiple high-tech features. Shoppers must register an account with the store’s app on their phones to shop. While the app includes a fruit-scanning program, letting shoppers scan barcodes on individually wrapped pieces to access information, the store features an overhead conveyor belt that allows for quick order processing—just a few elements of the store’s design intended to maximize efficiency and streamline the shopping experience.