Amazon could launch a cashier-free grocery store as early as the first quarter of next year, according to a new report, according to a new report. The stores will use the same technology as Amazon Go convenience stores, according to the leaked sources. In addition, the company may license its technology to other companies.
Amazon Go-branded supermarkets will join similar “flash shops,” according to a new Bloomberg report. Amazon is also looking into the possibility of authorizing its cash register-free retail store technology, the report said.
While the exact launch date for the new so-called supermarket has not yet been announced, the report says Amazon may open its new stores early next year, and at the same time it may launch an authorized service. Testing the technology on the size of a supermarket is said to be taking place in a 10,400-square-foot location in Seattle.
Unlike traditional stores, where customers are required to queue for payments, Amazon uses cameras and sensors to detect items that customers put into their shopping carts, which are automatically recorded in the Amazon app and paid using existing Amazon accounts.