Amazon opens a cashless store in Chicago

No wallet? No cash? No problem! At least that’s how Amazon sees it after opening their cashier less store in Chicago.

Now busy office workers with limited time for lunch can grab a bite to go at Amazon’s latest checkout-free store.

The store, located less than a block from Willis Tower at 113 S. Franklin St. will allow shoppers to scan their smartphone as they enter the store, pick up something to eat and drink and just walk out without paying.

The amount of money for the items you selected will automatically be deducted from your Amazon account.

“There are so many great things about shopping in stores, but you don’t hear many people saying, ‘I love to wait in line or the check-out process,’” said Gianna Puerini, vice president of Amazon Go.

Amazon already has three such stores in Seattle and its new venture in Chicago is part of the online retailers push to expand their food business after having purchased organic supermarkets chain Whole Foods Market last year.

At first glance, the 2,000-square-foot Chicago store looks very much like a small grocery store without cash registers. It includes ready-made salads, wraps, snacks and drinks, and has microwave meals that shoppers can take home for dinner.

For now, at least Amazon has no plans to use its cashier- less technology at Whole Foods stores, but with all the innovations we are seeing in technology it won’t be long before employee free supermarkets become the norm.

If you want to see how the store works, check out the video below.

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