Amazon Go cashier-less stores are coming to Chicago and San Francisco

Devin Lawrence
May 15, 2018

New stores will be opening in Chicago and San Francisco according to job postings and later confirmation by an Amazon spokesperson.

"As Amazon continues its aggressive expansion and historic innovation, many US cities are being treated to remarkable perks, including Free two-hour alcohol delivery, self-checkout grocery stores, and unlabeled, unpackaged returns to Kohl's".

The Amazon convenience store, Amazon Go, aims at removing the persistent frustration for shoppers by eliminating the checkout line.

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In February, real estate tracker Curbed Chicago also pointed out that Amazon had acquired a building permit for a location in downtown Chicago.

Amazon debuted its first Amazon Go location at its headquarters in Seattle in December 2016; it opened to the public in January of this year. The company had already identified potential locations in Los Angeles and Seattle. And on Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Amazon planned to open a store near the city's Union Square, with a formal announcement expected within weeks. Once inside, they can take soda, salads or anything else off its shelves and just walk out. When they arrive, they use the app to enter the store, "then feel free to put your phone away - you don't need it to shop". Overhead cameras keep track of what a customer buys and charges them after they leave, the Tribune said. The company now owns Whole Foods and a number of bookstores.

Staff won't include cashiers, but plenty of human employees will be needed to restock shelves, check ID for wine and work as extra security.

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