Amazon To Open Cashier-Less Stores In Chicago, San Francisco

Mindy Sparks
May 17, 2018

We reported that Amazon were likely to expand their Amazon Go stores to six new locations this year and now it appears that the first two to open will be based in Chicago and San Francisco.

Amazon Go, the store that lets shoppers walk the aisles, put items in their bags or pockets, and then automatically charge them when they walk out, is expanding.

The smart supermarket then uses computer vision, sensors and deep learning technologies - similar to those used in autonomous vehicles - to track what consumers take off the shelves.

After launching its first Amazon Go store in Seattle earlier this year the company has begun posting job openings for store managers in both cities, United States media reported overnight.

This week, U.S. media have picked up on postings on the Amazon jobs website inviting applications for Amazon Go Store Manager and Assistant Manager positions in both San Francisco and Chicago.

While there are no cashiers on these stores, there are plenty of human employees who are responsible for restocking shelves, checking ID for wines and working security.

Past year the Seattle-based business purchased grocery giant Whole Foods in the USA to supercharge its efforts in the category, but it appears the Go concept is being kept separate from that investment.

Amazon sold an estimated $650mn worth of groceries in the U.S. in the first quarter of the financial year, according to a report by One Click Retail.

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