Listen Now: Never Wait For Lunch Again With Amazon’s Latest Innovation
Amazon is expanding its line of high tech stores to the windy city.
Amazon’s cashierless store is now open in Chicago, making it the first location outside of Seattle. The stores allow customers to swipe their Amazon Go app when they enter the store. Then hundreds of cameras and sensors see what you pick up as you walk around the store. When you leave the items are automatically charged to the credit card on your account.
This means no waiting in line and no talking to cashiers. The idea is to reduce the time people spend in line or waiting for help when they go to stores such as Safeway, Target and Walmart. But so far Amazon is starting small—the Amazon go stores are only about two thousand square feet.
They stock a high end assortment of grab-and-go lunch foods, chilled drinks, snacks, frozen foods and some grocery items.
And Amazon isn’t the only company in the cashierless space. A start-up called Standard Cognition recently opened in San Francisco, which uses the same technology to track buyers… all without talking to a soul.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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