Amazon Opens Cashierless Grocery
CNBC, February 25, 2020
After 5 years of planning, Amazon opens the first Amazon Go Grocery store on Tuesday (2/25/2020) in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. This full-size, cashierless grocery store spans about 10,400 square feel and stocks roughly 5,000 items including fresh produce, meats and alcohol. Shoppers can walk in, scan a QR code from their Amazon mobile app, add any item to their basket throughout the store and walk out when their finished. Aside from the couple of dozen staff to help stock the shelves and answer questions, shoppers can do their shopping with absolutely zero interaction.
In addition to Whole Foods locations and its Amazon Go smaller format convenience stores, Amazon has 21 book stores and 10 Amazon 4-Star locations (selling curated goods that are trending online in respective neighborhoods). Amazon is also set to open a first-of-its-kind grocery store in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, without its Go technology and not under the Whole Foods banner, at some point in 2020.
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