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CHONGQING Brandon Finnegan Jersey , July 24 (Xinhua) -- Paying for your groceries by scanning a QR code on your smart phone is a perfectly normal thing to do in China today.

As cold hard cash vanishes into the mists of time, it seems that the cashiers are about to evaporate too.

Over the weekend, Yiqi Shan, a cashier-free store in southwest China's Chongqing metropolis, registered its 1,800th sale, two weeks after opening.

The 24-hour convenience store is on the first floor of an office building in an industrial park. It offers various beverages, fast food and snacks in a space of just 12 square meters.

First-time customers sign up by scanning a QR code at the entrance, choosing a password, registering their phone number and submitting a selfie. They are then admitted through a ticket gate similar to those at subway stations.

Scanning bar codes is hardly a highly skilled job and customers - honest customers - can do it just as well as any cashier. When the subsequent mobile payment is complete, another QR code is generated which allows the customer through the ticket gate and out of the store.

Deng Jie, deputy director of the company that owns the store, described three measures that have been taken to prevent shoplifting. First, the customer's selfie is compared with the Public Security Bureau's national ID database.

Second, every corner of the store comes under the steely gaze of surveillance devices that never sleep.

Third, if a customer somehow manages to escape from the store without paying, he or she receives a friendly reminder by text message requesting payment. If the warning is ignored, the customers is banned from the store and a black mark added to his or her personal credit record.

"The cashier-free store is the result of the coming together of new technology and consumer demand," Deng said. Her technical team worked on the app for over three years with 300,000 yuan (44,000 U.S. dollars) poured into the project.

Venture capitalists believe cashier-free stores could be "the next big thing," and Deng's company plans to open 25 more this year in various parts of the country, with 200 franchised stores in Chongqing.

Earlier this month, Alibaba opened its first brick and mortar store "Tao Cafe" in the company's hometown, Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province. A long queue of curious customers soon formed.

In Shanghai, cashier-free stores are already a part of the landscape. BingoBox Minimarkets, 15-square-meter box, have been installed in many residential communities.

Customers open the door by scanning a QR code, select fresh fruit and daily necessities and check out by e-payment, pretty much a clone of the Yiqi Shan system. There will be 5,000 BingoBoxes in place by the end of August, according to the company website.

The focus of the retail industry is shifting from price to customer experience.

"'Restructuring' could become a key word for retail," said Zhang Yong, CEO of Alibaba. "The flow of production, relationships between sellers and customers, and the shopping experience will be revolutionized to the extent that every customer is identified, understood and served."

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BRUSSELS, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- The European Commission on Tuesday commemorated the Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, saying it remains committed to improving Roma integration.

European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner Vera Jourova said in a statement that the holocaust of the Roma is an under-taught and under-recognized topic.

"People must not forget that till today there are too many Roma facing discrimination, and who are victims of hate speech and hate crime in Europe," they said.

"Against a backdrop of increasingly divisive rhetoric, hate speech and hate crime, it is important to recall these dark moments in our history and learn the lessons of the past. Many people have little or no knowledge that the Roma were targeted by the Nazi regime," the statement added.

The European Parliament's resolution of April 15, 2015 officially recognized Roma Holocaust Memorial Day.

"We hope that all member states will recognize it," said the statement.

On the night of Aug. 2 to 3, 1944, around 3,000 Roma men, women and children from the "Gypsy family camp" of Auschwitz-Birkenau were murdered in gas chambers. They were among hundreds of thousands of victims of the Roma genocide, killed by the Nazis and their allies. The Roma were one of many groups who fell victim to the holocaust.

Roma is the term commonly used in the European Union(EU) policy documents and discussions, although it encompasses diverse groups that include names like Roma, Gypsies, Travellers, Ashkali and Sinti.

According to the EU official website, the Roma people are Europe's largest ethnic minority. Of an estimated 10-12 million in the whole of Europe, some six million live in the EU, most of them EU citizens.

However, many Roma in the EU are victims of prejudice and social exclusion, despite the fact that EU countries have banned discrimination.

Therefore, the European Commission pledged to remain committed to improving Roma integration.

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