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Amazon to expand it's cashier-less store

Amazon to expand it's cashier-less store

The company confirmed that Amazon Go stores would open in the two cities, but did not specify when, the Tribune said.

The Seattle Times spotted job postings for store managers in each city.

For visitors to the store, it's a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, with some even wondering if they might be arrested for shoplifting when leaving, without any apparent payment transaction having taken place. The customers are automatically charged for the items they've picked up once they leave the store and a receipt is sent to the app. There are still no more announcements about when future stores will be ready for the general public, but real-estate tracker Curbed has hunted down the locations selected by Amazon. It bought grocer Whole Foods past year, which gave it 470 stores, and has opened more than a dozen bookstores.

The Seattle Amazon Go store, in the first floor of its headquarters, was open to staff for a year as Amazon worked the kinks out of its proprietary technology, made up of hundreds of cameras and sensors that allowed customers to swipe an app on their phone, walk into the store and grab their items, and just walk out - without talking to a cashier or swiping bar codes.

The Amazon convenience store, Amazon Go, aims at removing the persistent frustration for shoppers by eliminating the checkout line.

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We reached out to Amazon to confirm the openings and get more details about location and timing.

The 11 key-factors they looked at include restaurants participating in Prime Now, Amazon bookstores, free two-hour Whole Food delivery and Amazon Lockers. You just have to download the Amazon Go app, and you're all set.

The automated store has customers scan their phone when they first arrive. As the customers move through the store, each item is added to their digital tab.

The Amazon Go technology tracks shoppers as they make their way around the store.

However, the stores hire managers and people to restock shelves and keep inventory.