Amazon has opened its first ‘grab and go’ grocery convenience store in January, a concept store that allows you to walk in, pick what you need and simply walk out without standing in line or swiping your credit card.
After opening their very first store in Seattle, Amazon wants to expand the line in two more cities: Chicago and San Francisco. Up until now though, they declined to offer any set opening dates.
According to real-estate tracker Curbed, Amazon already has a building permit for the construction of a store in Chicago’s Loop district, and there are job ads that indicate the company’s on the lookout for people to manage the upcoming two stores.
Amazon has tested the store’s concept and technology with its own employees, while at the same time using the trial run to refine the system before its official opening. In spite of a few setbacks and general awkwardness caused by simply walking out of a shop without the usual hassle of a queue, or using cash or credit cards, the whole process seems to have run quite smoothly.
The idea is simple: shoppers scan their Go app once when they enter the store and that’s about it. The store’s sensors, cameras and AI technology track what goes in the shoppers’ bags and Amazon charges their account automatically.
It might take some time getting used to, but so far, so good for Amazon.