According to a report, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) will open more cashierless stores this year as part of the company’s larger brick-and-mortar ambitions.
In January 2018, the company opened first Amazon Go store in Seattle. The store has no cashier to help customers check out. Amazon is planning to open six more stores this year, and is considering locations in Los Angeles and Seattle. According to the report, the company held talks about opening an Amazon Go store at The Grove, which is an outdoor shopping center in Los Angeles that is run by billionaire developer Rick Caruso. In addition, three new locations in Seattle have also been identified by Amazon.
The Amazon Go store will use Just Walk Out Technology. Customers have to download a smartphone app and scan a QR code to enter the store. Then customers can then start shopping and their purchases are charged electronically. If there are any mistakes or customers are not satisfied with an item, they could push a “refund” button to remove the item from the bill.
In the first Amazon Go store, there are workers preparing fresh foods and meals, and there are workers checking customer IDs near the beer and wine selection. Currently, according to the Department of Labor, there were over 3.5 million cashier jobs in the United States by 2016.
Amazon declined to comment on the report.