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Oct 26, 2018 07:16 PM
BUSINESS & TECH

Haidilao Says Food Safety Scandals Behind It With New 'Smart' Store

A food-delivery robot is seen in a Haidilao restaurant in Beijing on Tuesday. Haidilao’s first “smart” hot pot restaurant will open in Zhongjun World City in the nation’s capital on Sunday. Photo: VCG
A food-delivery robot is seen in a Haidilao restaurant in Beijing on Tuesday. Haidilao’s first “smart” hot pot restaurant will open in Zhongjun World City in the nation’s capital on Sunday. Photo: VCG

China’s leading hot pot chain, Haidilao International Holding Ltd., which debuted its shares in Hong Kong last month, is launching its first “smart” concept restaurant on Sunday with the hope of resolving one of its biggest branding crises: rat infestation.

The new location in eastern Beijing will be equipped with an automated warehouse that operates in temperatures between 0 and 4 degrees Celsius (32 and 39 degrees Fahrenheit), a condition in which rats and cockroaches can’t survive, company Chief Information Officer Shao Zhidong said.

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