Amazon Go Is Expanding to Two New Cities

May 15, 2018

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In January, Amazon opened its first Amazon Go store in Seattle, a cashier-less grocery store that representatives for Amazon refer to as “just walk out shopping.” Since then, the company has announced plans to open two more locations — Chicago and San Francisco.

Amazon confirmed via a spokesperson that these two cities are slated to become the newest locations for the experimental grocery stores. Amazon Go functions so that customers are not required to checkout before exiting. The stores use a combination of cameras and sensors to track customers and inventory as they walk through the store. Customers only need to open the Amazon Go app when they enter a store, and the items they take from the shelves will be automatically charged to their accounts when they leave.

Although there are no cashiers, the grocery store is armed with a bevy of humans who are constantly restocking shelves and ensuring the best possible customer experience.

It was first reported by The Seattle Times that Amazon had listed job postings for Amazon Go stores in Chicago and San Francisco. While it was confirmed that these two locations will be Amazon Go’s newest host cities, the spokesperson did not mention when they will be open to the public.

The location in Seattle is the first brick-and-mortar grocery store for Amazon Go. The Amazon Go store in Seattle doesn’t use any Whole Foods branding — Amazon bought Whole Foods in June 2017 — but it does carry the grocer’s signature 365 brand products.

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