As per the report published in The Wall Street Journal, Amazon is trying to scale-up its cashier-less stores. The company is reportedly testing its technology in the larger stores. Amazon inaugurated its first cashier-less store in Seattle in January this year. Then, Amazon opened it’sanother store in Seattle, Chicago, and San Francisco.
A cashier-less store as we know uses cameras and software to detect the items picked by the customers. There is no need of manually charging them as the software takes care of billing automatically. This saves their time as it allows them to escape the entire check-out process.
The cashier-less stores that are already launched by the company are much smaller than the typical grocery stores, with less number of items and fewer people to visit the store. In such a scenario, it is easier to keep the track. The launch of the stores was delayed in 2017 because the stores were not able to handle the billing when there were over 20 customers inside. Although Amazon has reportedly improved the functionalities of the stores, it still has trouble to operate in bigger space.
According to the report, Amazon is planning to test the technology for larger stores. Amazon apparently has big plans for its cashier-less store technology, as it aims to open as many as 3,000 stores by 2021 to have a competitive edge over retail stores like Walmart, CVS etc.