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Amazon tests cashierless tech in bigger stores with eye on Whole Foods

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  • Amazon is testing out its cashierless technology in
    bigger stores, The Wall Street Journal reports.
  • Amazon’s cashierless checkout tech tracks the items
    that shoppers take from shelves and charges them
    automatically.
  • The Journal reports Amazon could roll the tech out to
    Whole Foods.

Amazon is testing out its cashierless checkout technology in
bigger stores — with one eye on Whole Foods, according to The Wall Street
Journal.

Sources told the Journal that Amazon is testing out the
futuristic tech — which tracks and charges for the items shoppers
take from the shelves — in Seattle, in a space formatted like a
large store.

Amazon’s cashierless tech is already in use in brick-and-mortar
Amazon Go stores in Seattle, Chicago, and San Francisco. It is reportedly considering
opening 3,000 such stores across America. 


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One source told the Journal that the tech struggles in bigger
stores with higher ceilings and more items. Consequently, it
could take a while to get it right, the source added.

Those familiar with the matter also speculated that the most
likely application for the larger-scale cashierless tech would be
in Whole Foods,
which Amazon acquired in 2017
.

Amazon and Whole Foods declined to comment when contacted by the
Journal. Business Insider contacted Amazon and Whole Foods for
comment.

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