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Amazon Built A Grocery Store With No Check-Out Counters

If the future of grocery shopping means not having to deal with a line, or a cashier that hates their life, count me in.

Amazon just built a grocery store in Seattle that does away with the entire checkout experience, letting you grab your groceries, and walk out when you please.

To the naked eye, it looks like shoplifting, but they’re using something called, “Just Walk Out Technology,” where the store uses sensors, and computer-vision technology so your phone detects when you grab something off the shelf.

It all starts as soon as you walk into the “Amazon Go” store and their app gets activated. Your phone then syncs to every single product inside the store.
Once you pick out your groceries, the app puts them in a digital shopping cart. The tech is so refined, that even if you put the item back, your phone still reads the process, and takes it off your shopping cart.

With your groceries recorded in the application’s shopping cart, you can walk out of the store, as the products automatically get charged to your Amazon account.

Right now, it’s in its beginning stages, and only accessible to Amazon employees, but the store will be open to the public in early 2017, with an estimated 2,000 stores opening within the decade, according to Supermarket News.


This Market Chain Just Dropped Candy From Its Checkout Lines


That temptation of grabbing that last-minute candy bar at the grocery checkout line is all too real. East coast supermarket chain Aldi wants to get rid of that tempation for its shoppers.

Aldi has announced they’re losing the checkout sweets at their stores and replacing them with healthier alternatives, The Chicago Tribune reports. This includes getting rid of chocolates and sugary bites and replacing them with dried fruit, granola bars and trail mix.

The company wanted to give customers a way to “feel good” about the checkout choices they make when it comes to snacks.

With nearly 1,500 in the United States, Aldi wants to finish its transition by the end of 2016. Locations of Aldi stores in the United Kingdom have already finished swapping out sweets.

Those who immediately go to that angry place, calm down. You can still walk to the other side of the store where they sell candy. You just won’t find them at the checkout line.

You may also remember Target testing something similar a while back.

Photo: Aldi Facebook


Here’s Why Target Is Removing Junk Food From Check Out Lanes


Every time we’re in the checkout line, we’re tempted to grab a candy bar or a Slim Jim for the road. While Target knows this, the retailer wants to take a healthier approach as it plans to remove junk food from the checkout aisles.

Fortune reports that Target will begin testing the new, junk food-less, layout in 30 stores next month.

Christina Hennington, Target’s senior vice president, said in a press conference that the move is both a business opportunity as well as a moral imperative. They’re trying to improve the health of the nation.

No longer will customers be tempted with a four pack of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or a bag of carne aside beef jerky. Rather, Target will take advantage of the health food boom and stock its checkout lanes with items like KIND bars and Simply Balanced products.

At the press conference, Hennington told attendees that Target’s trying to “nudge” customers into being more healthy, without coming off as a “nagging parent.”

If successful, Target could start removing all junk food from the front of its stores. Guess we’ll have to walk to the snack section to get our fix. The horror.

Photo: Yelp