Amazon to debut cashier-less store in downtown Seattle

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The store called Amazon Go could change the way we shop for groceries. A computer vision AI system tracks the items you remove from the shelves, and you can walk out without talking to a cashier or using a self-checkout machine.

Known as Amazon Go, the store in Seattle uses cameras and sensors to identify and monitor what customers take off and return to shelves.

The convenience-style store opened to Amazon employees on December 5, 2016 in a test phase.

In February, it was rumoured that Amazon was looking for shop space in London, after it registered a United Kingdom trademark for the format.

Amazon is about to open its first cashier-less supermarket. Amazon has spent five years working on this revolutionary technology and says that they don't believe any other retailer can beat it. Amazon has described the interior of the store as a high-end convenience store.

The retailer refuses to use the technology in Whole Foods stores, which it acquired later past year.

When customers walk out of the store, their credit cards are automatically charged for their purchases. Not only will Amazon have to make sure it can cope with larger crowds but it'll then have to see how the public feels about having a system that is totally reliant on watching your every move.

That doesn't mean Amazon is without a strong bricks and mortar presence, though.

Amazon had been testing this technology for quite a while and it looks like the public will finally get to shop there on Monday. This is Amazon making a major disruption to the shopping experience.

The big debut has left Brits wondering when Amazon Go might do away with checkouts in Blighty - and it turns out a launch could be imminent.

The new retail plan by Amazon has an increased focus on pricing, and Amazon says they won't mark up prices to compensate for the convenience of just walking out.

A similar concept is being trialled by Musgrave Group in Ireland. Amazon's almost $14 billion deal for Whole Foods isn't just about getting more than 460 grocery stores.

But he admitted that if testing goes well, a "trial in the United Kingdom wouldn't be out of the question". Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

"But we will continue to have people in our stores and there are two main reasons for that: expertise and experience".

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