Customers shop through an app at Amazon's newest venture, so they don't have to stand in line or carry cash.

By Liz Steelman
January 22, 2018
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Convenience stores should be, well, convenient…but most are not. Chatty customers hold up checkout lines, and essential items are often missing from shelves. Amazon, however, is aiming to change all that with its latest venture. 

The tech giant's flagship checkout-less convenience store, Amazon Go, opens today in Seattle. That's right: No waiting in lines. No handing over cash (or credit cards) to a cashier. You just walk in, shop for what you need, and walk right back out with your haul.

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Transactions are managed through the Amazon Go app that you'll need to download on your smartphone before shopping. As you gather your items, you'll be monitored by “hundreds of cameras (many of them in clusters on the ceiling),” so you don't even have to scan anything, according to Inc. Amazon will then email you your receipt. 

Since this is Amazon we're talking about, the selection is pretty great. Yes, you can still shop for typical convenience store items, including bread, milk, cheese, eggs, and Pringles. You'll also find the wildly-hyped Amazon Meal Kits, featuring a Blue Apron-like meal kit with chef-designed recipes.

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Although there won't be any cashiers on location, staff will be there to keep shelves stocked and answer questions.

The 1,800-square-foot store is open at 2131 7th Avenue, Seattle, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. The store was originally set to open in 2017 but delayed due to technological complications. Additional locations have not been announced yet. Stay tuned!

 

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