No Lines? No Checkout? Amazon Testing Smart Grocery Store
Hate long lines at the grocery store?
Amazon may just have the solution for you.
The online retailer is currently testing a smart grocery store in downtown Seattle in which customers walk in, choose their items and walk out without having to wait in line. The program is dubbed "Amazon Go."
Customers scan their smartphones at a turnstile upon walking into the store, which logs them onto the store's network and connects them to their personal Amazon accounts through an app.
The app then calculates the total cost of items selected and charges the user's Amazon account. The technology also tracks if customers choose an item but later decide to put it back on the shelves, thus removing it from their cart.
Amazon said the store is being tested solely by Amazon employees and expects the service to open to the public in early 2017.
Watch the above video to see how the process works.