Amazon to open cashier-less stores in Chicago and San Francisco

Amazon to open cashier-less stores in Chicago and San Francisco

Amazon to open cashier-less stores in Chicago and San Francisco

The company is expanding its experimental Amazon Go store to the two U.S. cities, but did not say when they would open.

The announcement came after the San Francisco Chronicle reported that an Amazon Go store may be coming to the city's Union Square neighborhood.

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.

Amazon, which opened a cashierless store in Seattle this year, plans more locations in Chicago and San Francisco.

Real-estate tracker Curbed in February spotted a building permit for construction of a 625-square-foot "Amazon store" in Chicago's Loop district. That store opened to the public in January.

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At the time only Seattle and Los Angeles were confirmed, but it looks like the expansion will stretch beyond those cities.

Amazon Go is headed for Chicago and San Francisco. (NASDAQ:AMZN) likes what it sees from its futuristic cashierless store concept.

For taking up the advantage of shopping in the Seattle store, customers need to first download the Amazon Go app and link it to a payment method.

Shoppers enter the stores by scanning a smartphone app. There are no checkout lines and no checkout counters, though staff hover helpfully to aid new customers who are hesitant about how it all works. Overhead cameras keep track of what people buy before their payment method is charged.

Amazon Go is part of a broader push by Amazon into physical retail, including its acquisition of Whole Foods, its Amazon Books stores, and AmazonFresh Pickup locations.

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