Chengdu’s first unmanned supermarket GOGO无人超市 has reportedly shut down after only four months according to local reports (in Chinese). The unmanned shelf project, GOGO小超, run by the same Chengdu-based startup, Xiao Mang Guo Technology Limited, closed down months ago. At least 30 employees have not been paid on time; one former employee told the Chengdu Business Daily that they hadn’t received a paycheck since last November.

As the first unmanned store in Southwestern China, the opening of GOGO unmanned supermarket attracted thousands of onlookers when it debuted last September. Automated stores as such can be found in the corners of Chinese urban city streets and commercial areas, and the space is getting crowded, dominated by a number of well-funded tech startups.

A representative from Xiao Mang Guo Technology told local media that the unmanned supermarket is only “temporarily closed” and will be re-opened after the company upgrades its facial recognition system. However, the representative admitted that due to the company’s misjudgment of the market, the company had to shut down GOGO unmanned shelf operation last November. “In hindsight, our GOGO unmanned shelf operation expanded way too fast,” the representative said.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.