Amazon Is Opening Two Whole Foods Stores With No Cashiers Next Year


Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press

via Bloomberg - Sep 8, 2021


New York (AP) -- There will be something missing at two Whole Foods stores opening next year: the rows of cashiers.


Amazon, which owns the grocery chain, said Wednesday that it will bring its cashier-less technology to two Whole Foods stores for the first time, letting shoppers grab what they need and leave without having to open their wallets. Cameras and sensors track what’s taken off shelves. Items are charged to an Amazon account after customers leave the store with them.


But there will be an option for those who want to shop the old-fashioned way: Self-checkout lanes will be available that take cash, gift cards and other types of payment.


Amazon first unveiled the cashier-less technology in 2018 at an Amazon Go convenience store and has expanded it to larger Amazon supermarkets. But it will be the first time it has appeared at Whole Foods, a chain of more than 500 grocery stores Amazon bought four years ago...





Amazon Plans "Just Walk Out" Payment Technology At Whole Foods Stores

Sep 8, 2021


(RTTNews) - Retail giant Amazon Inc. (AMZN) on Wednesday said that it will start operating cashier-less "Just Walk Out" technology at two Whole Foods locations, which will open next year. Owned by Amazon, the Whole Foods stores are all set to open at Washington, DC, and Sherman Oaks, California.


The "Just Walk Out" technology does away with the concept of cashiers. The technology combines store-wide sensors and cameras to note what the customers are purchasing so that they can "just walk out" with their purchases, instead of queuing up at cashier counters to pay their bills.


The items purchased by the customers will automatically be charged to an Amazon account once the customer "walks out" of the store. The payment can be done through the Whole Foods app or Amazon app...