February 27, 2018
Amazon is expanding its experimental concept for physical stores enabling consumers to pick their items up off the shelf and leave without waiting in any kind of line to six locations this year, according to published reports. Sources told tech journal Recode that Amazon is considering several more sites in Amazon’s home city of Seattle, as well as a location in Los Angeles. Amazon has not commented publicly on the report.
The e-commerce juggernaut has been experimenting with a concept that combines a network of cameras and sensors—like those that enable self-driving cars—with smart shelving that can identify what items have been chosen. The information is sent to a mobile app that is linked to a user’s Amazon account, which charges the purchase when the device leaves the store.
After extensive testing with Amazon employees at its initial Seattle location over the past year, Amazon opened the first store to the public last month.