Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Cashier-free Amazon Go stores are coming to Chicago and San Francisco

Cashier-free Amazon Go stores are coming to Chicago and San Francisco

"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". Remember the Amazon Go store in Seattle? Amazon now has job listings for store manager positions in both San Francisco and Chicago.

Amazon, which opened a cashierless store in Seattle this year, plans more locations in Chicago and San Francisco.

Opening more stores is yet another sign that Amazon is serious about expanding its physical presence. In February, real-estate tracker Curbed took note of a building permit for construction of a 625-square-foot Amazon store in Chicago's Loop district. There's no word yet on when the new locations may open, but it has previously been reported that Amazon wants to open six new Go locations this year. The company had already identified potential locations in Los Angeles and Seattle. (NASDAQ:AMZN) likes what it sees from its futuristic cashierless store concept. Not only that there are no cashiers, Amazon Go stores don't even have checkout counters, thereby eliminating the need for shoppers to wait in line.

Now there is only one Amazon Go store: a small space located in the base of one of its Seattle skyscrapers that opened to the public in January. Overhead cameras keep track of what a customer buys and charges them after they leave, the Tribune said. In addition to its own selection of food available for purchase online and the Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service, Amazon owns Whole Foods. Each store will also have staff members who will be there to make sure the shelves are restocked and assist new customers who are hesitant about how it all works.

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