Four months after opening its first Amazon Go cashierless convenience store in its hometown of Seattle, the retailer is coming to San Francisco and Chicago.
Amazon is looking for store managers to head Amazon Go stores in both cities, according to recent job listings the retailer posted on its website.
Amazon Go Coming To San Francisco And Chicago
An Amazon spokesman later confirmed to Seattle Times that the company plans to open Amazon Go stores in both locations, but did not specify when exactly. It is recently reported that Amazon had its eye on an Amazon Go location in San Francisco's Union Square neighborhood.
In February, real estate tracker Curbed Chicago also pointed out that Amazon had acquired a building permit for a location in downtown Chicago.
Earlier this year, Recode reported that Amazon had plans of opening as many as six new Amazon Go outlets in 2018. The company had already identified potential locations in Los Angeles and Seattle.
Amazon Go's Cashierless Concept
In January, Amazon opened its first Amazon Go store in Seattle near Amazon's headquarters after a year of testing on its employees.
The retailer has been billing it as the first cashierless convenience store in the world. Not only that there are no cashiers, Amazon Go stores don't even have checkout counters, thereby eliminating the need for shoppers to wait in line.
Customers simply have to download the Amazon Go app and scan a unique barcode that automatically identifies them when they walk into a store. They can grab whatever they need, from sandwiches, drinks, or any other food off of the shelves, and simply walk out the store without stopping to pay.
The technology, which Amazon refers to as "Just Walk Out Technology," uses cameras, sensors, and artificial intelligence to automatically detect when products are taken from or returned to the shelves. The customers are automatically charged for the items they've picked up once they leave the store and a receipt is sent to the app.
Amazon Go's grab-and-go experience allows consumers to quickly pick up all the required items on their grocery list and leave the store without the hassle of checkout lines or counters. Each store will also have staff members who will be there to make sure the shelves are restocked and assist new customers who are hesitant about how it all works.