HOW would you like to shop and never have to queue or wait for a cashier to check the price of your item? How would you like to walk in and out of a shop with your goods and have everything you purchase automatically checked out and a receipt sent to your phone?
That is exactly what the experience is with Amazon Go, a chain of grocery stores operated by the online retailer Amazon and they could have 3000 Amazon Go stores in the UK by 2021
The ‘cashierless’ stores are already popping up in the US.One of the first stores appeared in Seattle. It was located near a University campus. Amazon now have stores in Seattle, Washington and Chicago, Illinois. Those stores are partially-automated, with customers able to purchase products without being checked out by a cashier or using a self-checkout station.
The concept is simple. You enter the store by scanning a QR code in a turnstile. You take what you want and just leave. All items are added to your virtual card and charged to your Amazon account. It is all in the technology, machine learning and artificial intelligence. The stores use computer vision and algorithms similar to driverless cars. The shop is equipped with cameras and sensors to charge customers automatically when they place an item in their basket.
Amazon has been looking for retail sites in the UK and that has sparked speculation that they are that preparing to bring its Amazon Go fascia to the UK.
According to a report in the Sunday Times, Amazon is looking to buy up a significant number of stores across the country of between 4000sq ft and 5000sq ft, having trademarked Amazon Go in the UK two years ago.