As e-payments and intelligent technology have continued to facilitate economic development, the first automatic newsstand has been put into use in Hangzhou, capital city of eastern Zhejiang province.
The newsstand is equipped with 16 boxes covered in glass, and each box has 100 sub-boxes containing newspapers and magazines. Customers can use a touch screen to select their preferred newspaper and payment method, and then collect their purchases from the automatically opening sub-boxes.
In addition to self-service purchasing of newspapers and periodicals, the newsstand also offers cold and hot beverages, packaged foods, informational brochures and other commodities.
Services including a Wi-Fi hotspot, a mobile phone charging station, train ticket vending and a bus query area will be added in the future.