Amazon to Open Checkout-Free Store in New York

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People walk by the entrance to the new Amazon Go store at Amazon's Seattle headquarters in Seattle
People walk by the entrance to the new Amazon Go store at Amazon's Seattle headquarters in Seattle, Washington, U.S., January 29, 2018. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
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(Reuters) 

Amazon.com Inc said on Friday it plans to open its checkout-free ‘Amazon Go’ grocery store in New York, expanding beyond Seattle where it is headquartered

The Amazon Go store, which has no cashiers and allows shoppers to buy things with the help of a smartphone app, is widely seen as a concept that can alter brick-and-mortar retail.

 

Employees work in the kitchen area of the new Amazon Go store on 7th Avenue and Blanchard Street at Amazon's Seattle headquarters in Seattle
Employees work in the kitchen area of the new Amazon Go store on 7th Avenue and Blanchard Street at AmazonÕs Seattle headquarters in Seattle, Washington, U.S., January 29, 2018. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

 

“We plan to open Amazon Go in New York,” an Amazon spokesperson said, but did not say when.

Customers have to scan a smartphone app to enter the store. Once inside, cameras and sensors track what they pick up from the shelves and what they put back. Amazon then bills shoppers’ credit cards on file after they leave.

In January, the company opened its first concept store in Seattle and now has three in the city. It said in May there are plans to expand to Chicago and San Francisco as well.

 

(Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)

 

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