Amazon Go stores are coming to Chicago and San Francisco

Daniel Fowler
May 15, 2018

Amazon, which opened a cashierless store in Seattle this year, plans more locations in Chicago and San Francisco.

The company is expanding its experimental Amazon Go store to the two U.S. cities, but did not say when they would open.

An Amazon spokesperson confirmed with GeekWire that the company is opening Amazon Go locations in Chicago and San Francisco, but did not provide a timetable.

Now there is only one Amazon Go store: a small space located in the base of one of its Seattle skyscrapers that opened to the public in January.

There is now only one Amazon Go store located in Seattle.

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The idea behind building Amazon Go was to push the boundaries of computer vision and machine learning to create a store where customers could simply take what they want and go. Aside from Seattle, Los Angeles is also a possible location of another cashierless store. The Seattle store has got cameras and multiple sensors that track customers as well as the inventories when they move around.

Reports hint at other location possibilities. It is recently reported that Amazon had its eye on an Amazon Go location in San Francisco's Union Square neighborhood. When they leave, they just leave.

Customers simply have to download the Amazon Go app and scan a unique barcode that automatically identifies them when they walk into a store.

The system, which Amazon calls "just walk out shopping", ran into some technical difficulties during almost 14 months of employee-only trials, people familiar with the matter said.

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