Amazon ‘rolls out cashierless tech to larger stores’
Written by Hannah McGrath
Amazon is reportedly testing its cashierless checkout technology for bigger stores in the US.
The e-commerce giant, which is using cashierless mobile payments for goods in its Amazon Go stores, is now looking to deploy the solution in larger retail spaces, beginning with stores near its headquarters in Seattle, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The technology has been proven to work well in smaller retail units, but is more challenging in larger spaces with higher ceilings and more production, the paper reported, quoting sources familiar with the matter.
The checkout-free system uses Amazon’s smartphone app to track goods they pick up and what they put back on the shelves, billing them after they walk out of the shop.
In September it was reported that Amazon is working on plans to open as many as 3,000 AmazonGo cashierless stores by 2021.
A spokesperson for Amazon said: “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation.”