Amazon plans to expand its “cashierless stores” in 2020

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November 21, 2019, 6:11 AM UTC

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This piece cites a Bloomberg article stating that Amazon is planning to open larger supermarkets and smaller pop-up stores in its “cashierless format” in Q1 of 2020, using its Amazon Go technology that eliminates the need for checkout lines. Bloomberg adds that this expansion could see Amazon licensing its technology to rivals.

What started out as a large-scale cashierless supermarket plan for Amazon Go eventually downsized to about 2000 square feet stores, focusing on daily consumables. The article cites GeekWire’s report as per which Amazon Go’s team is now testing a larger space of around 10,400 square feet in Seattle.

Bloomberg says that retail analysts question the format’s effectiveness in low-margin convenience stores. Another difficulty is finding spaces with ceilings that can accommodate Amazon’s camera arrays.

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