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'Philadelphia Experiment' Could Put A Halt To Amazon Go-Style Stores

Published on Apr 4 2019 12:49 PM in Technology tagged: Trending Posts / Philadelphia / Amazon Go / Paywall / ParcelHero

'Philadelphia Experiment' Could Put A Halt To Amazon Go-Style Stores

The Amazon Go-style cashierless store concept is being heralded as the next big thing in convenience retailing, except in Philadelphia, USA, that is.

In February, Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney signed a new bill requiring that all stores must accept cash; the first time a major US city has made such a declaration. With the legislation set to be enacted at the start of July, it could be the first time that efforts have been made to growth of the curb the cashless-store concept developed by Amazon and others.

“Most of the people who don’t have credit tend to be lower income, minority, immigrants," a Philadelphia councilman told the Wall Street Journal last month. "It just seemed to me, if not intentional, at least a form of discrimination.”

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