Amazon Go Automated C-Store Opens To Public

Posted On: 1/25/2018

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SEATTLE -- Amazon has opened the doors to its cashier-less convenience store here to the public, following a year-long pilot open only to its employees.

The Seattle store is now open to anyone with the Amazon Go smartphone app and a linked Amazon account. Shoppers use an app to enter, shop and pay for their purchases, without the need for a cashier. Amazon Go is controlled by sensors that track the items customers take from the shelves.

When the store, located at Seventh Avenue and Blanchard Street, opened to Amazon employees in December 2016, the online retail giant expected to open it to the public in early 2017. The company didn't meet that deadline, with The Wall Street Journal reporting that the system crashed in tests when the store was crowded. | READ MORE

Last year, the company also opened two pilot sites for a curbside grocery-delivery program.