Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Cashier-free grocery store coming to Chicago

Cashier-free grocery store coming to Chicago

Talking about Amazon Go, it's a revolutionary store that holds nearly everything. Any items they pick up will be charged to their Amazon account. It has posted job listings for store managers in the cities on its own site, which were first noticed by the Seattle Times. Amazon Go is a new kind of store, with no checkouts and no cashiers. Overhead cameras keep track of what a customer buys and charges them after they leave, the Tribune said. While the Amazon Go store in Seattle doesn't bear Whole Foods' branding, it does stock plenty of the store's signature 365 brand products.

Amazon has had its mind on these stores for years, according to Forbes' Ryan Mac, who said the company has researched the easiest way to let people pay without the need to speak with a cashier. That followed earlier reports from The San Francisco Chronicle and Curbed Chicago about building permits for Amazon Go locations.

Opening more stores is yet another sign that Amazon is serious about expanding its physical presence. It's even smart enough to notice when you take an item out of your bag and put it back on the shelf, should you change your mind while you're making your way around.

The company says it uses computer vision, machine learning algorithms and sensors to figure out what people are grabbing off its store shelves.

Amazon entered the grocery-shopping market when it purchased Whole Foods for $13.4 billion in 2017. On Monday, workers were on hand to help shoppers find and download the Amazon Go app on their phones.

The Seattle stores sells ready-made sandwiches, salads and other lunch items as well as drinks, desserts and snacks.

Amazon confirmed to the Times that it is indeed planning to open Go stores in Chicago and San Francisco, but declined to offer any dates.

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