Amazon may open 3,000 cashierless stores by 2021

Amazon may open 3,000 cashierless stores by 2021 - as survey reveals it's now third in online ads

There are plans to open six more by the end of the year, and up to 50 stores in 2019.

Amazon is considering opening as many as 3,000 locations of its cashierless stores across the United States by 2021, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

Amazon also recently opened the first Amazon Go store outside of Seattle in Chicago. Called Amazon Go, the store features what Amazon calls "just walk out" technology, using sensors and cameras to track what customers take off shelves and out of the store. No queues, no waiting, it says. Opening multiple locations in proximity, like it's doing in Seattle, could also help Amazon reduce costs by centralising food production in one kitchen serving many stores. Amazon shares were down about 1 percent. Amazon rival Walmart operates 5,300 locations, and Kroger, the largest US grocer by sales, runs 3,900 stores. With 3,000 stores to its name, Amazon would stand to take a sizable bite of that pie.

iPhone in Canada visited the original AmazonGo store in Seattle back in May-and it was a pretty incredible experience, as this cashierless concept is definitely from the future.

Maybe "popping down to the Go for a quick bite" won't sound so unusual by 2021. Though not giving a timetable or location details, Amazon also has confirmed plans to open Amazon Go outlets in San Francisco and New York City. Amazon has since opened that store to the public and added two more in Seattle.


Amazon is targeting dense urban areas with lots of young, busy, affluent residents willing to spend a little more than a typical fast-food experience for better quality food, the people said.

The new chain would be a massive expansion of Amazon's retail efforts, which also include Whole Foods as well as bookstores and in-mall kiosks.

Speculation of a widespread rollout of Amazon Go isn't the first time the company has been rumored to have plotted a massive expansion into brick-and-mortar stores.

"Amazon needs to figure out how to grow this", said Soper, "but limit the cost because the cost of this technology is extremely expensive right now and so by narrowing the focus on simply prepared food, they can keep the cost down and expand more quickly". Its key feature is a complete lack of lines to wait in. Some of the most recent Amazon Go locations feature only the prepared-food section without a grocery selection.

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