China’s retail industry has seen some innovation this year as BingoBox deploys its unmanned convenience stores in major cities in China. However, two of its stores which were opened in partnership with Auchan and RT-Mart in Shanghai were closed down last month as the cooperation deals ended, local media is reporting.

National Business Daily revealed that one of the closed stores was earlier under investigation by the local inspectors from the city’s urban management and law enforcement department. Even though the shut down might not have a direct correlation with local regulations, Chen Zilin, CEO and founder of BingBox, told local media that the company faces hurdles from local regulations: regulations which don’t necessarily look at the locations of such unmanned convenience stores and meet the best interest of the company.

“We are making efforts to communicate with local governments in the hope of rolling out more cooperation and receiving a legal ‘identity’ to open stores,” Chen told local media.

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