Amazon plans to open as many as six cashier-less Amazon Go stores this year
Following the success of its flagship store, Amazon is planning to open six more Amazon Go stores by the end of the year, according to a report by Recode.
The new high-tech stores are likely to open Amazon’s hometown of Seattle as well as Los Angeles, according to the report.
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The e-commerce giant opened its first Amazon Go store last month in Seattle. Unlike typical convenience stores, Amazon Go is a hi-tech cashier-less store.
By using what it calls ‘just walk out technology’, customers scan their phones as they walk into the store, pick up the products they want, and they’re automatically charged for their purchases as they leave.
The smart supermarket uses computer vision, sensors and deep learning technologies - similar to those used in autonomous vehicles - to track what customers take off the shelves.
“Our Just Walk Out Technology automatically detects when products are taken from or returned to the shelves and keeps track of them in a virtual cart,” the company said. “When you’re done shopping, you can just leave the store. Shortly after, we’ll send you a receipt and charge your Amazon account.”
Through the concept, Amazon is hoping to make brick-and-mortar grocery shopping faster by eliminating queues.
The report didn’t specify when these stores may open and, so far, the company is yet to confirm the news.