In Manhattan, Amazon and Starbucks have teamed up for a high-tech coffee and convenience store. The Starbucks café operates without cash registers and has its own Amazon Go-shop inside.
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Carrefour has opened its first till-less store in the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. The supermarket works - much like Amazon Go stores - based on camera recognition.
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In Europe, too, unmanned or cashless store concepts such as Amazon Go will break through: it is an ongoing process in which retailers are gradually replacing manned services with technology. The question is: which technology?
Under the name Continente Labs, the Portuguese retailer Continente has opened its first till-less supermarket. In terms of set-up and concept, it is very reminiscent of Amazon Go.
Customers in Amazon's "regular" Fresh supermarkets will soon be able to walk out without having to go through checkout. The e-commerce giant plans to roll out its Amazon Go technology at other locations as well.
The Dutch start-up Wundermart is opening its first two unstaffed 'hotel stores' in Belgium this week. More will follow later this year.
Schwarz Group, the parent company of Lidl, Kaufland and others, is testing till-less stores in Germany. Using two formulas, the group wants to gain experience in automated shopping.
Amazon has just opened its first international store with "Just Walk Out" technology in Ealing, London. In contrast to what was expected, the store is not a Go convenience store, but a Fresh supermarket.
Chinese software company AiFi has opened the world' largest autonomous supermarket in Shanghai. AiFi has no ambitions as a retailer but wants to demonstrate its technology to interested parties. One of those parties has already jumped at the chance: Dutch company Wundermart, which is also active in Brussels. Albert Heijn also makes use of the technology.
This week, Amazon is said to open its first cashless Go in the UK. The convenience store would reportedly open in the West London district of Ealing.
Russian supermarket group X5 has opened its first unmanned, contactless store in Moscow. 7 days a week until midnight, customers can visit the automated store which is inspired by Chinese self-scan shops and by Amazon Go.
At the head office of Monoprix in Clichy, Casino presented the 'BlackBox': it is the first autonomous store of the French retailer. In contrast with Amazon Go, no expensive cameras are used here. But that is also the weakness of the system.
The New York City Council has - almost unanimously - passed a law that makes it illegal to not accept cash in stores. Any retailer who refuses to do so, may have to face a substantial fine. The resistance against cashless stores like Amazon Go seems to pick up speed in the United States.
Portuguese supermarket chain Pingo Doce is testing Amazon Go's technology for a cashierless and cashless store - the first of the kind in Europe. The Go 24/7 machine in particular is "new to food retail", says managing director Isabel Ferreira Pinto.
The launch of the first Amazon Go outlets caused much commotion in the retail world, while simultaneously building huge expectations. But since then, all has gone very quiet around the cash-less convenience stores.
Ahold Delhaize subsidiary Albert Heijn is testing a new store concept that is quite like Amazon Go, without check-out terminals. The 14 sqm store at its headquarters in Zaandam is filled to the brim with technology.