Amazon Delays Opening Smart C-Store to the Public

Online retailer still working out kinks in the system

SEATTLE -- Amazon is reportedly delaying opening its "no-pay" convenience store Amazon Go to the public due to technical challenges, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The Seattle c-store, which allows customers to bypass a checkout line by using mobile payment, is currently undergoing employee testing. Amazon had previously stated that the c-store would be open to the public by “early 2017.” Sources familiar with the matter also claimed that Amazon Go was originally due to be ready for public use by the end of March 2017.

Amazon’s cameras, sensors and algorithms meant to track customers in-store has reportedly encountered problems tracking more than about 20 people in the store at once, hindering the store’s ability to accurately charge customers for their purchases.

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