Complete with talking robot. 

 

An outer suburb of Bangkok has welcomed an ultra-modern new branch of 7-Eleven

As first reported by Brand Buffet, the pilot, "space"-themed version of the convenience store aims to be more friendly to the environment.

Located in the Panyapiwat Institute of Management Demonstration School area in Pak Kret, Nonthaburi, this branch of 7-Eleven has only been opened since Christmas 2017.

Parked out front are bicycles from OFO, a dock-less, bike-sharing platform, and nearby there are electric vehicle charging spots.

Inside the store, all menus and signs have been replaced with LED screens, supposedly resulting in less cardboard waste when promotional information needs to be changed. 

In another eco-friendly addition, the open showcase fridge now has a specially designed, fog-resistant glass cover they claim saves up to 30-percent on electricity. 

Other features that make it stand out from your regular Seh-wen: an abundance of natural light (thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows), plentiful seating equipped with power points and USB slots, and self-use microwaves. Oh, and a robot called Sevy Bot, who greets you as you walk in.

Despite the admirable attempt at reducing waste and energy costs, there's no sign this new 7-Eleven will cut down on plastic bags (read about the trending petition here) or paper receipts. 

Two more branches similar to this one are slated to be built in 2018 at a cost of around B10 million each.

Panyapiwat Institute of Management Demonstration School, 45/23 Chaengwattana-Pak Kret Soi 28, Pak Kret, Nonthaburi, 02-855-1111