SEATTLE -- Amazon has launched Amazon Go, a new convenience-store-like retail outlet with no checkout required.
The company’s “just walk out” technology automatically detects when a customer takes or returns products to the shelves and keeps track of them in a virtual cart. When the customer is done shopping, he or she can leave the store. Shortly after, Amazon will charge the customer’s Amazon account and send a receipt.
Amazon Go offers ready-to-eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options made fresh every day by on-site chefs and local kitchens and bakeries. The store also offers grocery essentials ranging from staples such as bread and milk to artisan cheeses and locally made chocolates. It also offers Amazon Meal Kits.
The first store, located in the e-commerce giant’s home base of Seattle, is currently open to Amazon employees in a beta program. It will open to the public in early 2017, the company said.
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