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Tag Archive for ‘Grocery’

Amazon Ditches ‘Just Walk Out’ Checkouts at Grocery Stores ➝

Maxwell Zeff, writing for Gizmodo:

Just over half of Amazon Fresh stores are equipped with Just Walk Out. The technology allows customers to skip checkout altogether by scanning a QR code when they enter the store. Though it seemed completely automated, Just Walk Out relied on more than 1,000 people in India watching and labeling videos to ensure accurate checkouts. The cashiers were simply moved off-site, and they watched you as you shopped.

Big lol.

➝ Source: gizmodo.com

Amazon May Be Planning Drive-Up Grocery Stores with First Coming to Sunnyvale, CA ➝

Nathan Donato-Weinstein, reporting for Silicon Valley Business Journal:

The e-commerce giant is developing a new drive-up store concept in Silicon Valley that will allow consumers to order grocery items online, then schedule a pickup at a dedicated facility, according to industry sources familiar with Amazon’s plans. If confirmed, the project could signal a new distribution strategy for Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer, while adding an additional threat to a grocery industry already in the throes of change.

This seems like a fairly obvious progression of Amazon’s business. One of the biggest problems with online retail is that you can’t purchase items that you need today — grocery items being some of the more notable examples. But, purchasing items online and picking them up at a warehouse location sounds pretty compelling.

Although, I doubt this sort of system would convince me to switch from my beloved Wegmans — a store that I genuinely enjoy shopping at.