Union blasts Amazon, defends cashier jobs

Gina Acosta
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Amazon is considering opening 10 Amazon Go stores by the end of 2018, and as many as 3,000 of them by 2021.

After decades of criticizing Walmart, the United Food and Commercial union has a new retailer foe in its sights.

Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), issued a following statement regarding reports that Amazon is planning to open as many as 3,000 cashierless stores by 2021. 

“It is time for America’s elected leaders to wake up to the economic threat Amazon poses to our economy. Make no mistake, creating cashierless stores is not about convenience; rather, it is about greed," Perrone said. "Jeff Bezos and Amazon are deploying a business model that poses an existential threat to millions of American jobs, and it is time we are honest about the devastating impact this will have on our nation and tens of millions of hard-working families.”

Amazon made a big splash in late 2016 when the e-commerce giant debuted its first cashier-less convenience store -- Amazon Go. The futuristic shopping experience eliminates the need for cashiers, as a combination of sensors and artificial intelligence (AI) track the purchased items and the customer is charged automatically.

Recent reports suggest that Amazon plans to open a wave of these revolutionary stores in the coming years, with as many as 3,000 of these AI-infused stores opened by 2021, according to a report by Bloomberg.

The company is considering the opening of 10 locations by the end of 2018, 50 stores in major metropolitan areas by 2019, and as many as 3,000 Amazon Go stores by 2021, according to the report.