Amazon Tests No-Cashier C-Store

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Amazon Tests No-Cashier C-Store

12/06/2016

 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.

The technology has been compared to driverless vehicles, especially since it has the potential to displace an entire class of labor. There are 3.5 million cashiers in the U.S., making it the second-largest occupation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 
The Seattle Amazon Go is expected to be open to the public in early 2017.