Prototype ‘Amazon Go’ Store In Test Phase, Will Open To Public Next Year

Amazon is testing a new kind of a convenience store in Seattle, Washington, which has no POS, no cash, no clerks and no lines.

At 1,800 s.f., Amazon Go is open to Amazon employees participating in a testing program and is expected to open to the public in early 2017. The retailer uses Just Walk Out technology that combines computer vision and sensor fusion.

The Just Walk Out technology automatically detects when products are taken from or returned to the shelves and keeps track of them in a virtual cart. When done, a shopper leaves the store, the shopper’s Amazon account is charged and a receipt is sent to the shopper’s mobile device. Shoppers check into the store by scanning a barcode on a dedicated mobile app.

The store offers ready-to-eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options made fresh daily by on-site chefs and local kitchens and bakeries. There also is a selection of grocery items that range from staples like bread and milk to artisan cheeses and locally made chocolates. For a home-cooked dinner, customers can pick up chef-designed Amazon Meal Kits, with all the ingredients needed to make a meal for two in about 30 minutes.

In related news, QuikTrip of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has partnered with the e-commerce giant and its Amazon Locker service, which helps customers pick up and return their Amazon.com packages at a safe location. QuikTrip stores in Charlotte, North Carolina, offer the service.

In other c-store news, Walmart opened its second Pickup with Fuel location last week in Thornton, Colorado. The 4,000-s.f. store combines online grocery pickup and convenience store merchandise. The store features a drive-thru for picking up online grocery orders. In addition to groceries, customers can have other Walmart.com merchandise delivered via Walmart Pickup with Fuel.

Walmart’s first Pickup with Fuel location opened in in Huntsville, Alabama, earlier this year.

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