ARLINGTON, Va.—Marymount University in Arlington, Va., became the first higher education institution in the United States to have an on-campus convenience store powered by Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, the school announced.
The new convenience shop—Saints 24—opened last week. The implementation of Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology is designed to eliminate checkout lines and provide an effortless customer experience. Customers simply use their credit card at the entry gates of Saints 24, grab what they need and the technology automatically detects what is taken from (or returned to) store shelves. When customers have completed their shopping, they can leave the store without stopping to check out.
“In recent years, we have seen Arlington rise even higher in importance for our nation’s economy—with no better example than Amazon’s decision to locate its HQ2 right here,” said Dr. Irma Becerra, president of Marymount University.
In initial planning for the Saints 24 store, Marymount administrators surveyed student leaders to hear firsthand what products they would most like to see in a new convenience shop on campus. Their recommendations led to an available item list that includes food options featuring freshly prepared sandwiches, wraps, salads, sushi, yogurt and ice cream, as well as other items such as toiletries, feminine hygiene products and more.
Just Walk Out technology powers Amazon Go stores. Amazon announced last week that it was closing eight Amazon Go locations, leaving about 20 around the country.
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