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.”