Two years back, Amazon presented the possibility of cutting edge, cashier-less shopping. Amazon has finally brought a similar idea to a full-size supermarket.
Amazon will open a 10,000-square-foot Amazon Go Grocery store in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, almost a mile from the company’s Seattle headquarters. It is loaded with 5,000 varied items and fitted with cameras, sensors, and PC vision.
Amazon Go is the first of its kind in the U.S. With it, Amazon enters the $900 billion U.S. grocery industry, and in the wake of spending almost $14 billion in 2017 to buy out Whole Foods and making same-day delivery a free advantage for Prime subscribers, just last year.
The first Amazon Go stores have secured good marks from customers in online reviews and feedback.
The store will hire workers to unload stock in the background and restock shelves and produce bins. Other staff will welcome customers at the entryway and check IDs in a section where alcoholic beverages will be sold.
Amazon would not unveil the exact number of people will be assigned on a shift, yet the company said it contracted “several dozen associates” to work at the store. The parent company contends that Amazon Go stores are not eradicating employment, rather are moving shifting worker roles to various kinds of labor.
The company plans to open another type of grocery store in Los Angeles this year, further details are yet to be revealed, although it will not be employing the cashier-less feature at that particular location