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Amazon Building Supermarket Where You Pick Up and Leave Without Checkouts

Amazon has announced that it is building a 1800-square-foot supermarket in the company's hometown of Seattle that will be a new kind of store.

The retail space will not have a single cashier or checkout. It may feel a bit like shoplifting but customers will be able to pick up items off the shelves and leave without waiting in line or even doing a self-checkout.

"Our 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 you’re done shopping, you can just leave the store. Shortly after, we'll charge your Amazon account and send you a receipt," Amazon explains in a video.

"Our checkout-free shopping experience is made possible by the same types of technologies used in self-driving cars: computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning."

"We offer delicious ready-to-eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack options made fresh every day by our on-site chefs and favourite local kitchens and bakeries. Our selection of grocery essentials ranges from staples like bread and milk to artisan cheeses and locally made chocolates."

The first Amazon Go store is scheduled to open in 2017.

December 6, 2016 |

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