Alibaba's self-service 'Taocafe' unveiled

Updated 2017-07-10 15:56:35 chinaplus.cri.cn
People wait in line at Alibaba's new Taocafe in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. (Photo/China.org.cn)

People wait in line at Alibaba's new "Taocafe" in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. (Photo/China.org.cn)

Alibaba has unveiled its new "Taocafe," a self-service store, as part of the second Taobao Maker Festival at the Hangzhou International Expo Center, Zhejiang Province on Saturday July 8, 2017.

The 200 square meter site serves as both a shopping center and food court.

Designed to be consumer friendly, "Taocafe" allows people to scan items they want to purchase through a QR code on the Taobao app. The purchases are then calculated as customers are leaving, and paid automatically through Alipay. The purchases will then be delivered.

In the catering area, customers just need to tell the screen what they would like, and a speech recognition system will order for them.

"Here is what you ordered. Are you sure you want to pay?" When they answer "Yes," the purchase is charged to their Alipay account.

Alibaba says its designed "Taocafe" to try to give its customers a unique shopping and payment experience.

However, the company does admit that it will still be some time before "Taocafe" could be commercialized.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58August 21 2017 12:45:36

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16August 21 2017 12:45:36

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18August 21 2017 12:45:36

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

Most Watched

News:
China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
Video:
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
Photos:
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Travel:
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Lifestyle:
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords