Amazon Tests No-Cashier C-Store
Amazon is beta-testing a convenience store, called Amazon Go, that has no cashiers or cash registers, conducting all transactions through positioning sensors linked to online payment systems.
The store in downtown Seattle is open only to Amazon employees during a testing phase. It features a no-cashier format under which entering shoppers scan a code on their smartphones, which then are used to keep track of their movements. When they pick up an item, sensors on the shelf will note it; unless they replace it, they will be charged for it when they leave the store. The selection includes staples like bread and milk, meals and snacks prepared on-site, and premium products like cheese and chocolate.