Cashier-free Amazon Go stores are coming to Chicago and San Francisco

Cashier-free Amazon Go stores are coming to Chicago and San Francisco

New stores will be opening in Chicago and San Francisco according to job postings and later confirmation by an Amazon spokesperson.

The idea behind building Amazon Go was to push the boundaries of computer vision and machine learning to create a store where customers could simply take what they want and go.

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.

Inside the Amazon Go store in Seattle.

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Opening more stores is yet another sign that Amazon is serious about expanding its physical presence. The story said the company could open as many as six storefronts in 2018, citing people familiar with the plans. After that, Amazon's system uses cameras and other sensors to track shoppers and identify what they take off 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.

The system, which Amazon calls "just walk out shopping", ran into some technical difficulties during almost 14 months of employee-only trials, people familiar with the matter said.

Staff won't include cashiers, but plenty of human employees will be needed to restock shelves, check ID for wine and work as extra security. It bought grocer Whole Foods previous year for $13.7billion, which gave it 470 stores, and has opened more than a dozen bookstores.

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