Cashierless Amazon stores coming to Chicago
Amazon’s “the store of the future” is heading to Chicago and San Francisco. This marks the first expansion of the retailer’s cashierless grocery store from its initial Seattle location that opened back in January. The high-tech grocery store has customers scan their phone with the Amazon Go app when they first arrive. The store then uses cameras and sensors to track the items customers are taking off the shelves and charge them shortly after they leave the store. No checkout is required. This company calls it “Just Walk Out Shopping.” Amazon executives had hinted at the expansion of these cashierless stores after the launch of their pilot store but had since been silent. News of this expansion first spread when The Seattle Times posted job listings for store managers at upcoming Chicago and San Francisco locations. An Amazon representative has since confirmed the company is planning to open cashierless stores in those cities. No dates or timeline have been announced for when these stores are expected to open. Curbed Chicago speculated the cashierless store may open near the the Thompson Center in Chicago’s Loop and The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported Amazon may be looking to acquire a space in San Francisco’s Union Square.
Several other Seattle locations could be in the works. The company previously reported they hoped to open six new Amazon Go locations this year. None of these locations have been confirmed by Amazon yet.
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