Amazon Go, a revolution in convenience

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Josh Shepherd, Staff Reporter

The interior of the first Amazon Go. On a typical day, this store will see between four hundred and seven hundred visitors. Photo credit: Sikander Iqbal.

Convenience is king. Between busy jobs and loads of schoolwork, it seems like fewer and fewer people can afford to wait for anything anymore and one of the worst pains may well be waiting for food.

Enter: Amazon Go, a place where waiting and lines are rendered nonexistent; a place where convenience is king; and a place where good food meets great prices.

Tech giant Amazon has decided to dip its toes into the brick-and-mortar scene. Their newest project: Amazon Go, a small chain of partially automated convenience stores that allow shoppers to make purchases without the hassle of scanning items in order to check out. The stores work through the use of an app, which shoppers must download and use to get into the store. A series of cameras, computers and algorithms work to track who comes into the store and what they pick off the shelves to later charge to shoppers’ Amazon accounts. It all works seamlessly and it seems that these convenience stores are making their way across the country.

The Amazon Go store on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Blanchard Street in Seattle. This was the first Amazon Go location to open to the public. Photo credit: Steve Ringman, Seattle Times

At the moment, Amazon Go operates 15 locations in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle with plans to expand to as many as three thousand locations by 2021. Three more locations have been announced and are set to open by the end of 2019.