X5 Retail Group has opened a Perekrestok supermarket, in Moscow, with products marked with RFID tags.
Extensive use of RFID technology
According to press reports, the 'Perekrestok. Magazin Buduschego' (Perekrestok. Store of the Future) outlet opened at the end of December and is a joint venture between X5, Sintronics, and the Russian nanotechnology company Rosnano. The 234 sq m store stocks 5,300 products, all of which are marked with RFID tags. These will allow the store manager to monitor expiry dates, information on availability, and prevent deliveries of counterfeit products. The store has no shop assistants - customers pay at a machine, using either cash or card.
Another store to open before Winter Olympics
The project was first tested in autumn 2011 at a technology forum. According to reports, a store will open at the Rosa Khutor ski resort in Sochi this year, with more innovations introduced nearer to the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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