It looks like Amazon is finally ready to bring its cashierless grocery technology to large supermarkets. Planning documents Bloomberg spotted for a location in Connecticut, boasting features similar to Amazon Go stores, including entry and exit doors and ceiling-mounted racks that support camera bays, as well as the space for server racks.
Shoppers at Go stores, which have been around since 2018, slip their phones out as they walk through the front doors. Cameras and shelf sensors track what they put in their cart. They are automatically billed for the items they take when they leave the store.
Using the technology in a store with around 7,000 square feet of retail space (as the larger Go grocery stores did) is less complex than having it in a supermarket. The planned location has almost three times the floor space of Go Grocery stores and it would accommodate many more people at once.
Still, it looks like Amazon has been able to evolve the technology enough and in a profitable enough way to use it in supermarkets. Rival companies working on cashierless technology have said they have a year or two left before they bring it to the supermarket, so it looks like Amazon is making the jump on them.
Although Amazon is not named in the plans, the diagrams are said to be very similar to the documents the company has filed for other stores. Construction of the Bloomfield supermarket, which could be an Amazon Fresh location, is underway. Amazon has opened 12 Fresh stores and it is said to have dozens more in the works across the United States.
This week, Amazon is reportedly bringing its technology that lets you pay by scanning your palm at Whole Foods stores, starting with a location in Seattle. The company uses the technology in convenience stores and bookstores, as well as 4-star stores.
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