The End to Waiting in Line at the Supermarket Might be Near

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The End to Waiting in Line at the Supermarket Might be Near


It is reasonable to assume that there are few things that makes your blood boil as much as waiting in a queue at the supermarket after a long day at work, or if you are in a rush. If this has an area of frustration for you, Amazon has great news: their new store, Amazon Go lets their shoppers pick up their groceries – and leave!


The residents of Seattle might be the first to wave goodbye to the never-ending queues at their local supermarket as their city has been chosen to host Amazon’s first Amazon Go-corner store, that uses AI to allow their customers to not wait in line to pay for their goods, Amazon writes.

Amazon Go is a new kind of store that requires no checkout by the help of the world’s most advanced shopping technology, the Just Walk Out Shopping experience. “Simply use the Amazon Go app to enter the store, take the products you want, and go! No lines, no checkout. (No, seriously.)”, their website writes.

The technology used to enable this function is the same as applied in self-driving cars, such as computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning. The Just Walk Out technology simply detects when products are taken from, or returned to, the shelves in the shop, while also keeping track of them in a virtual cart.

When you have finished your shopping you can leave the store without any checkout required, and Amazon will later charge your Amazon-account and send you a receipt. The newly opened store is 1,800 square feet, and to get started using this new technology, all that is required of the customer is to have an Amazon account, a smartphone and the Amazon Go app.

How did this initiative come about? “Four years ago we asked ourselves: what if we could create a shopping experience with no lines and no checkout?”, the Amazon-website writes.

“Could we push the boundaries of computer vision and machine learning to create a store where customers could simply take what they want and go? Our answer to those questions is Amazon Go and Just Walk Out Shopping”.

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