Amazon’s Just Walk Out tech powers new Marymount University c-store
“Becoming the first university in the U.S. to collaborate with Amazon in incorporating its Just Walk Out technology at an on-campus convenience shop demonstrates how Marymount is leading the way in fostering an innovative and exciting student experience that appeals to the tech-savvy college students of today,” said Irma Becerra, Marymount University’s president, in the release.
The Saints 24 store will offer grab-and-go items such as sandwiches, wraps, salads, sushi, yogurt, ice cream and toiletries, according to the release.
While JWO is available to third-party retailers, the technology is mostly associated with Amazon’s own brick-and-mortar stores, namely its Amazon Fresh grocery chain, Amazon Go c-store and some Whole Food Market locations. Other third-party retailers, such as Hudson Nonstop and WH Smith stores in airports and sports and music stadiums, have more recently adopted the technology, which aims to create a frictionless in-store experience for shoppers. While JWO aims to make that experience better for consumers, Amazon’s recent grocery expansion pause could hint that consumers aren’t ready for the shift in behavior, especially as consumers report poor customer service experiences in retail, as Retail Leader Pro recently noted.
“On the surface, making those trips more efficient for consumers using technology sounds like a winning formula, but in reality there both needs to be consumer buy into those concepts and the ability for consumers to easily obtain product information or expertise without a store associate in place,” said Retail Leader Pro chief analyst Elizabeth Lafontaine.