Amazon testing cashierless technology in larger stores

Amazon is reportedly testing its own cashierless checkout technology for use in larger stores, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports.

The cashierless technology allows customers to pay for items in the aisle and avoid visiting a till altogether.

The system uses a range of technologies, including a mix of cameras, machine vision, and weight sensors on shelves to track shopper’s movements throughout the store. It then charges them automatically, removing the need for them to use cashiers.

This new method of purchasing items is already being used in smaller convenience stores across the US market, including Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco and soon New York. Though it functions smoothly in smaller-sized structures, it’s more difficult to use in larger spaces with high ceilings, the report added.

Amazon is now testing out the Amazon Go concept, released in late 2016, in larger stores in Seattle.

The software company is reportedly considering using the technology in its Whole Food stores, the grocery chain it bought last year. The company is increasingly leveraging technologies to stay ahead of business rivals, such as Walmart, Target’s Shipt, Instacart, and many others.

The company is planning to introduce 50 cashierless systems by 2019, and 3000 systems in stores by 2021.

Amazon has not revealed whether they plan to use their new cashierless systems in the UK.

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