France starts testing hypermarkets with no employees to open on Sundays
The Casino chain has launched an unprecedented initiative based on self-checkout registers, which will allow them to avoid labor regulations and to continue serving customers. Hypermarkets will only have three security staff members from an external company and an assistant to help customers in case they have difficulties when paying for what they have purchased.
The controversy over the opening of commercial establishments on Sundays and holidays is still a subject of discussion. The latest news in this regard come from France, where the first hypermarket will open on a Sunday afternoon with no employees in the registers. It is a pilot project developed by Casino Groupe that will last several months and will be implemented at Géant Casino hypermarket, located in the city of Angers.
The company has explained that the store will be open from 09:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sundays, but employees will only work until 12:30 p.m. From then on and until the store closes, customers will only be able to use eight self-checkout registers that have recently been installed.
Customers will not be able to buy alcohol, as its sale is prohibited to minors. The butcher and bakery sections will also remain closed. During this period, customers will be allowed to pay for their purchases using their cards or their smartphones, through the Casino Max app. Next, they will have to scan the barcode printed on the ticket to exit the store with the purchased products.
Hypermarkets will have no employees during the afternoon shift. There will only be three security staff members –from an external company– and an assistant to help customers in case they have difficulties when paying for what they have purchased.
Several Casino supermarkets around the country already opened during Sunday afternoons (where local trade regulations allowed it), but this is the first case in which a hypermarket –the one in Angers has a surface of almost 5,200 square meters– opens on Sunday afternoons without staff.
“Consumers’ needs are changing; they want to have access to a maximum variety of products when they are available. We need to adapt our offer to this evolution,” Casino representatives explained to the French newspaper Le Courrier de l’Ouest.
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