Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Cashier-free Amazon Go stores are coming to Chicago and San Francisco

Cashier-free Amazon Go stores are coming to Chicago and San Francisco

Four months after Amazon opened its first futuristic convenience store in its hometown of Seattle, the company said on Monday that it will bring new Amazon Go locations to San Francisco and Chicago later this year.

The idea behind building Amazon Go was to push the boundaries of computer vision and machine learning to create a store where customers could simply take what they want and go.

Talking about Amazon Go, it's a revolutionary store that holds nearly everything. The retailer confirmed the news after recently putting up an ad seeking for store managers for outlets in both cities.

After shoppers check in by scanning their unique QR code, overhead cameras work with weight sensors in the shelves to precisely track which items they pick up and take with them. When they arrive, they use the app to enter the store, "then feel free to put your phone away - you don't need it to shop". People are expecting more from this store in terms of product availability, variety and niche grocery items. "No lines, no checkout", according to the company.

However, with time, that could change, making the possibility of a true revolution in the way we interact while making an purchase in a normal shop.

On offer at the store are delicious ready-to-eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack options made fresh every day by Amazon's on-site chefs and favorite local kitchens and bakeries.

In addition, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on May 13 that a formal announcement of an Amazon store near the city's Union Square was expected in the coming weeks.

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