Amazon Go stores to open at San Francisco and Chicago

Virginia Carson
May 15, 2018

The cashierless Amazon Go store in Seattle will no longer be the only location.

Amazon confirmed its plans for the two cities in a statement to CNNMoney.

Four months after Amazon opened its first futuristic convenience store in its hometown of Seattle, the company said on Monday that it will bring new Amazon Go locations to San Francisco and Chicago later this year.

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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 says it will bring a cashier-less store to IL. Earlier reports from Curbed and the San Francisco Chronicle found clues that Amazon was eying retail space in the two cities. In San Francisco, an Amazon Go store could be placed near Union Square, although the exact location is expected to be revealed in the coming weeks due to necessary building permits. Aside from Seattle, Los Angeles is also a possible location of another cashierless store.

For taking up the advantage of shopping in the Seattle store, customers need to first download the Amazon Go app and link it to a payment method.

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Shoppers enter the stores by scanning a smartphone app. Customers use an app called "Go" to enter the store. "No lines, no checkout", according to the company. Overhead cameras keep track of what people buy before their payment method is charged. It holds its own Amazon Fresh grocery along with Whole Foods.

There are no cashiers but there are plenty of human employees restocking shelves, checking ID for wines, and working security.

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