This article originally appeared on ABACUS Alibaba and US clothing brand Guess launched a concept smart store that wants to change the way we think about brick-and-mortar shops. Powered by AI, Taobao and Alipay, could this be the future of ecommerce and fashion retail? (Abacus is a unit of the South China Morning Post, which is owned by Alibaba.) A store without cashiers opens in China’s “future city” For more insights into China tech, sign up for our tech newsletters , subscribe to our Inside China Tech podcast , and download the comprehensive 2019 China Internet Report . Also roam China Tech City , an award-winning interactive digital map at our sister site Abacus .