Self-registration increasing in Korea. Labor saving at retail sites is accelerating (photo)Looking at the streets of South Korea, it feels like it’s already started, not 10 years later. Around my home, the number of stores that are going out of business has begun to increase noticeably in recent months. The stores that have closed are all food-related stores such as cafes, take-out pizza stores, bakeries, and Italian restaurants. The store was also prosperous as it was, so I was surprised at the sudden closure. The other day, the news that the tenant space of “Shinjuku Unica Building” was vacant due to the closure of Yamada Denki “LABI Shinjuku East Exit” and Yoshinoya, which were located in the east of the big guard at Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, became a hot topic on Twitter. The situation is the same in South Korea, where vacant stores are rapidly increasing in downtown areas such as Myeong-dong in Seoul, Nampo-dong in Busan, and Seomyeon. Of course, the influence of the new Corona, which has continued for more than a year, is behind the fact that stores are closing one after another in South Korea. However, what has been even worse is the prolonged stagnation of the Korean economy, excessive competition in the region, and soaring labor costs and raw material costs. However, vacant stores are not always vacant, and after a while, they will be filled with the next tenant. And when you look at the tenant, you notice a change. Many of the new stores are unmanned stores.