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Amazon Go stores to open at San Francisco and Chicago

16 May 2018

Amazon is opening its first Amazon Go stores outside of Seattle, with cashierless store locations slated for Chicago and San Francisco.

"As Amazon continues its aggressive expansion and historic innovation, many USA cities are being treated to remarkable perks, including Free two-hour alcohol delivery, self-checkout grocery stores, and unlabeled, unpackaged returns to Kohl's".

The retailer, which opened its first cashierless store concept to the public in Seattle in January, is seeking store managers in both cities, according to recent job postings on Amazon's website. In response, Amazon's vice president said this move "forces us to question our growth here".

Opening more stores is yet another sign that Amazon is serious about expanding its physical presence.

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Now that Amazon owns Whole Foods, it is possible that Amazon may eventually consider creating small sections of stores to enable the "just walk out" shopping experience of an Amazon Go store. Overhead cameras keep track of what people buy before their payment method is charged. A specific timeline for the IL store is unknown at this time.

While the Amazon Go store in Seattle doesn't bear Whole Foods' branding, it does stock plenty of the store's signature 365 brand products. When they pull an item of the shelf, it's added to their virtual cart. Amazon employees have been testing the store, which is at the bottom floor of the company's Seattle headquarters, for about a year.

The Seattle stores sells ready-made sandwiches, salads and other lunch items as well as drinks, desserts and snacks. There are no checkout lines and no checkout counters, though staff hover helpfully to aid new customers who are hesitant about how it all works. Shoppers enter by scanning the Amazon Go smartphone app at a turnstile.

Amazon Go stores to open at San Francisco and Chicago