Amazon Go due for UK launch later this year

Amazon has begun negotiations to acquire 30 sites across the UK for its long-awaited launch of Amazon Go in the UK.

The Sunday Times reported that the e-commerce giant had finalised a deal to open 10 of its cashierless grocery stores by the end of this year, with a further 20 sites to open in 2021, mostly situated near major transport hubs.

Amazon is also in talks to open several other Amazon Bookstore and 4 Star stores in vacant stores within shopping centres across the UK.

The Go stores use cameras and sensors to detect when a customer has put items in their basket, before automatically charging their Amazon account as they walk out.

Go stores have already been rolled out across the US, but plans for a UK launch have been delayed for several years - with similar reports about sites being acquired appearing in October 2018.

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