Amazon wants you to grab and go

IDG News Service | Dec 7, 2016

Amazon is opening up a brick-and-mortar store in Seattle that allows customers to check in with their Amazon account and make purchases without having to wait in line.

Amazon is replacing cashiers with computer learning and AI

Amazon’s new brick-and-mortar store in Seattle opened to employees this week

Customers check into their Amazon account through a smartphone app as they enter

As they roam the store, sensors track the items they pick up and add them to a virtual cart

Putting an item back on the shelf removes it from the cart…hopefully

The store offers prepared food made by on-site chefs, as well as groceries and Amazon meal-kits

When customers leave, the app adds up all the goods and charges their Amazon account

Shopping made painless…and brainless

The store will open to the public in early 2017, but will convenience be enough to outweigh potential privacy concerns?

We’ll have to wait and see