Monday, 17 December, 2018

San Francisco, Chicago About To Get Amazon Go Cashierless Stores

Shoppers scan in to enter and shop at Amazon Go in Seattle Shoppers scan in to enter and shop at Amazon Go
Nellie Chapman | 15 May, 2018, 17:32

The store uses a collection of cameras and sensors to constantly track customers and inventory as they move around.

The company confirmed that Amazon Go stores would open in the two cities, but did not specify when, the Tribune said. New stores will be opening in Chicago and San Francisco according to job postings and later confirmation by an Amazon spokesperson.

Now there is only one Amazon Go store: a small space located in the base of one of its Seattle skyscrapers that opened to the public in January.

There were earlier signs that Amazon had its eye on Chicago and San Francisco.

Today the word comes down that Amazon Go stores are set to arrive in Chicago and San Francisco, and the company is looking for store managers in both locations.

While the Amazon Go store in Seattle doesn't bear Whole Foods' branding, it does stock plenty of the store's signature 365 brand products.

Amazon Go's grab-and-go experience allows consumers to quickly pick up all the required items on their grocery list and leave the store without the hassle of checkout lines or counters.

Reports hint at other location possibilities.

Amazon Go is part of a broader push by Amazon into physical retail, including its acquisition of Whole Foods, its Amazon Books stores, and AmazonFresh Pickup locations. When they leave, they just leave. The store features a simple setup, where a customer scans a smartphone app to start shopping, then can take things off the shelves and just walk out.

The system, which Amazon calls "just walk out shopping", ran into some technical difficulties during almost 14 months of employee-only trials, people familiar with the matter said.