Amazon may have opened its automated convenience store a year late, but better late than never. And it has been a pretty big success for the company. News is surfacing that the company plans on opening six more of its Amazon Go stores in 2018.
Right now we don’t know where these stores will be located, but it seems like more locations are likely in Seattle, and Amazon is in talks with the developer of The Grove in Los Angeles as well.
Amazon Go is being called the convenience store of the future. There are no pesky checkout lines, so you can just walk in, grab what you want, and leave. You scan in with a smartphone app, and then an AI tracks what you take from the shelves and automatically charges you for them.
The idea is that it is zero hassle. The big issue for Amazon Go stores, which focus on convenience-type items such as grab-and-go sandwiches, has been the question of how well the AI would handle a busy store. Now, it looks as though the technology has proven that it can handle things. So it looks like these stores are ready to expand to other new areas.