Amazon announced that its automated checkout technology, "Just Walk Out," will be offered in two Whole Foods locations slated to open next year in Washington, D.C.'s Glover Park neighborhood and in Sherman Oaks, CA.
Shoppers seeking to avoid the checkout line will be able to enter the stores by scanning an app, inserting a credit or debit card connected to their Amazon account, or holding their hand over the Amazon One palm-scanning payment system. With Just Walk Out, cameras and sensors track shoppers' purchases and charge them when they leave.
The cashierless technology has been rolled out by Amazon at several Fresh grocery stores and Go convenience stores. Rather than replace employees, Amazon indicated that "how team members in the store spend their time is simply shifting, allowing them to spend even more time interacting with customers and delivering a great shopping experience."
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