SAN FRANCISCO – Amazon has announced it will open Amazon Go stores in Chicago and San Francisco, but declined to provide a timeline, USA Today reports. The original Amazon Go opened in Seattle at the beginning of this year.
Amazon Go allows customers to swipe an app on their phone, grab items off shelves, then walk out with checking out with a cashier or scanning bar codes. Shopping at Amazon Go does require the Amazon Go app and a link to a payment method. Customers swipe the app when entering the store, then shop.
Cameras inside the ceiling, shelf sensors and other technology tracks customers as they select merchandise throughout the store. Products include grab-and-go salads and sandwiches, plus drinks, snacks and desserts, as well as groceries, sundries, meal kits, beer and wine.
Amazon Go isn’t the online retailer’s first foray into a brick-and-mortar store—its Amazon bookstore opened in 2016 and now has 15 locations, with three additional ones opening soon. For more about Amazon Go, read Frank Beard’s NACS Daily article on “3 Takeaways from a Visit to Amazon Go.”