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Convenient Chinese Words to Use for Futuristic Shopping

Jun. 8, 2018

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Just like shared bicycles, the moment that it was introduced, “unmanned retail” brought us one step closer to the future. It embraces the ”new retail” strategy where big data technology connects and optimizes offline outlets and online stores to enhance customer experiences. All of these new industries have greatly facilitated our lives and have saved countless people’s time and energy. This is an inevitable trend of social development and it is sure to spark new waves of innovation. In the meantime, unmanned stores are the focus of the newest innovation.

Let’s break it down:

“无人 (Wúrén)” means no one. “便利 (biànlì)” means convenient, suitable for calmly completing certain actions or functions. “店 (diàn)” means store, a place that sells goods. Unmanned convenience stores refer to stores that are intelligently automated through technical means without manual intervention. Simply, they don’t have any anybody running the store. Rather, it is managed by technology.

无人 (Wúrén): unmanned.

便利 (Biànlì): adj; convenient; easy.

店 (Diàn): noun; shop; store.

“无人便利店 (Wúrén biànlìdiàn)” means a store where A.I. and data technologies have made it possible for customers to shop without queuing to pay.


All of this probably feels a bit familiar – if you’ve heard about Amazon Go, you may know what unmanned convenience stores are. At an “无人便利店 (Wúrén biànlìdiàn) unmanned convenience store”, you can scan the code, take things, and leave. Now in some cities in China a similar format has been utilized.

The advancement of science and technology has saved people a lot of time and improved people’s work efficiency.

购物流程 (Gòuwù liúchéng) Shopping Process:

1. 进入商店 (Jìnrù shāngdiàn) Enter the store

Designed to be consumer friendly, by scanning a “二维码 (Èrwéimǎ) QR code” on Wechat or Alipay at the entrance of the store, patrons are tracked with cameras for facial recognition.

2. 购物 (Gòuwù) Shop

After going through the checkout doors, customers will automatically make a purchase through their smart phones without needing to head to a register and be able to leave the store with their items in hand.

3. 支付 (Zhīfù) Payment

Online payment platform that keeps the process quick with a scan of a QR code. There’s no longer any need to carry your wallet around. After the payment is completed, the system will automatically open the door.


1. Open 24 hours a day.
2. No staff.
3. A shopping space that completely belongs to customers.
4. The price is less than traditional convenience stores.
5. If you have any questions, you can contact online customer service at any time.

Key words:

1. 二维码 (Èrwéimǎ):QR code for mobile devices.

Èrwéimǎ shǐ wǒmen de shēnghuó biàn de hěn fāngbiàn.
二 维 码  使  我  们   的   生    活    变   得  很    方   便。
QR codes makes our life very convenient.

2. 支付 (Zhīfù):payment.

Gōngzī shì àn yuè zhīfù de.
工    资 是  按  月  支付 的。
The balance is paid monthly.

3. 便利店 (Biànlì diàn):convenience store.

Zhè shì yì jiā 24 xiǎoshí yíngyè de biànlì diàn.
这    是 一家 24  小  时  营  业 的  便 利  店。
This is a 24-hour convenience store.

1. How do people pay for goods in “无人便利店 (Wúrén biànlìdiàn) unmanned convenience stores” ?

A. 信用卡 (Xìnyòng kǎ)

B. 二维码 (Èrwéimǎ)

C. 现金 (Xiànjīn)

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— Written by Julia Liu —
Julia Liu teaches Chinese with eChineseLearning. She has been successfully teaching for 5 years and loves reading and practices her passion of drawing in her free time.

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