Amazon just unveiled its first look at the future of grocery stores, and the experience is a lot less human.
Perhaps one of the most annoying first-world problems, is standing in line to check out at a grocery store, and with the launch of the Amazon Go store in Seattle, that problem has now been solved.
The store’s concept is simple, you grab whatever you need, and just walk out the sliding double doors.
The Amazon Go app handles everything else.
Before you enter, you scan the Amazon app, syncing it to the store, and literally detecting the items you grab from the shelf, or put back. That means, that every item in your grocery bag is accounted for, and when you walk out, is automatically charged to your Amazon account.
No cashiers, no lines, not even any self-checkouts. You just walk out with confidence, like an experienced shoplifter would.
While Amazon hasn’t been too detailed on their “Just Walk Out Technology,” they have talked about sensors being involved, combined with hundreds of little cameras working together to make the whole operation work smoothly.
As you can see in the video above with fellow Foodbeast Reporter Justin Oba, the store has a very Whole Foods vibe to it, which is perfect, seeing how Amazon now owns Whole Foods. From their in-house chefs prepping meal kits, to the “go local” signs, it very much looks like this is what Whole Foods might end up looking like.
Amazon estimated to open roughly 2,000 stores within the next 10 years, so this is step one of what could be the future of grocery stores.
So long, slow cashiers.