Amazon just launched a cashier-free convenience store
Amazon just unveiled a grocery store without lines or checkout counters. Amazon Go, a 1800-square-foot retail space located in the company’s hometown of Seattle, lets shoppers just grab the items they want and leave; the order gets charged to their Amazon account afterwards. Amazon Go, is one of at least three formats of brick-and-mortar food stores the online retail giant is exploring, according to people familiar with the matter, as it makes a play for the one area of shopping that remains stubbornly in-store.
Walmart’s new Pickup and Fuel store in Thornton, Colorado
Walmart employees pick and pack the groceries at a nearby Walmart supercenter, and load them into customers’ cars at the Walmart Pickup and Fuel for free. Walmart already offers online grocery pickup at hundreds of stores. But this new store concept is meant to make that process easier and more convenient, thanks in part to the small size of the stores and parking lots.