Subscribe Login
DE4CC0DE-5FC3-4494-BCBF-4D50B00366B5
Technology

Amazon Plans To Open Six More Cashierless Stores, Says Recode

Amazon plans to open as many as six more cashierless stores this year, according to a new report.

The e-commerce giant is considering locations in Los Angeles and hometown Seattle, where the first Amazon Go store opened last month, Recode reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the situation.

Amazon Go is the company’s most ambitious effort to change the way people shop and a play for the struggling $550 billion US convenience store industry.

It’s part of the company’s larger brick-and-mortar ambitions, which include a stepped-up push into groceries with the Whole Foods Market acquisition, as well as the opening of about a dozen book stores in such cities as Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

Checkout-Free Tech

To enter the Amazon Go store, customers download a smartphone app and scan a QR code to open a glass turnstile. Those shopping in a group scan the account holder’s phone once for each person entering and sensors will associate them with that account.

From there, machines take over, watching the items plucked from shelves and adding them to a shopping cart. Shoppers are billed once they leave and if there are any mistakes or the customer isn’t happy with an item, you push a “refund” button to have that item removed from the bill. Shoppers don’t have to return an unwanted item to the store to get a refund.

Citing people familiar with the company’s plans, Recode reported that Amazon has held serious talks with Los Angeles billionaire developer Rick Caruso about bringing a Go store to The Grove, his 600,000-square-foot outdoor shopping Mecca.

Amazon declined to comment.

News by Bloomberg, edited by ESM. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: The European Supermarket Magazine.

Stay Connected With Our Weekly Newsletter

Processing your request...

Thanks! please check your email to confirm your subscription.

By signing up you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
Enjoy unlimited digital access for 30 days
Get exclusive access to the latest grocery retail & FMCG news, interviews with industry leading executives, and expert analysis on the trends shaping the sector today
Enjoy unlimited digital access for 30 days
Enjoy unlimited digital access for 30 days
Get exclusive access to the latest grocery retail & FMCG news, interviews with industry leading executives, and expert analysis on the trends shaping the sector today
Enjoy unlimited digital access for 30 days