Amazon Tests Its Cashierless Technology for Bigger Stores

Larger Amazon Go-powered stores are being tested

Larger Amazon Go-powered stores are being

Amazon's cashier-less shopping tech could come to a full supermarket.

The e-commerce giant is testing the system in Seattle, in a larger space laid out like a big store, The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend, citing unnamed sources.

Amazon now has more than a half-dozen Amazon Go stores open or set to open in three cities - Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco - but they are much smaller than traditional grocery stores.

Amazon is testing out its cashierless checkout technology in bigger stores - with one eye on Whole Foods, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Cashierless technology uses cameras and machine learning to automatically track customers as they remove items from shelves. There's also the issue of how the technology would work with items like fruit and vegetables, which unless pre-packed, need to be weighed to determine price.

Amazon is planning to bring its cashierless checkout technology to bigger stores, and maybe even Whole Foods. That could carry implications for Whole Foods workers, who have already complained that after Amazon's acquisition of the grocery store they were expected to act like "robots". Whole Foods, which Amazon acquired for roughly $13.5 billion in 2017, has since added grocery pickups and one-hour delivery. The company has opened more than a dozen bookstores and pop-up shops across the country.

Amazon's cashierless technology has so far been limited to "Go" stores with small footprints. It is reportedly considering opening 3,000 such stores across America.

To use Amazon Go, customers scan an app-generated code on their phones as they walk in, then pick up what they want and leave without stopping to check out.

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