Two years after launching a chain of convenience stores without cashiers or checkout lines, Amazon opened its first “Amazon Go Grocery” store in Seattle and is planning for 2 Amazon Go stores in DC.
The idea is simple. Take items off the shelves, place them in your bag (yes, the same bags you will use to take them home), and that’s it. No waiting in line. No cashier. Go in, take what you want, and walk out the door, without standing in line. It couldn’t be simpler.
Amazon Go offers everything from fresh produce, to bakery items, to boxed goods, meals to go, and even wine and alcohol.
Check out these FAQ from Amazon’s website:
What is Amazon Go Grocery?
Amazon Go Grocery is the first grocery store to offer Just Walk Out Shopping—come in, take what you want, and just walk out. Amazon Go Grocery offers everything you’d want from a neighborhood grocery store—from fresh produce and meat and seafood to bakery items and household essentials—plus easy-to-make dinner options. We offer a mix of organic and conventional items from well-known brands, along with special finds and local favorites.
With our Just Walk Out Shopping experience, you’ll never have to wait in line. No lines, no checkout. (No, seriously.)
What can I buy at Amazon Go Grocery?
At Amazon Go Grocery, shoppers will find everyday ingredients and essentials on their shopping list, along with ready-made meals to help make dinner tonight easier. We taste-tested a wide range of products to find the tastiest, highest-quality, best-value products around.
We carry an array of fresh fruits and vegetables that change with the seasons, and a selection of quality beef, pork, poultry, and seafood. Our selection of local artisan breads, cheese, and baked goods come from some of the best local kitchens and bakeries daily from around the city and region. Shoppers will also find delicious, ready-to-heat and ready-to-cook meals for dinner tonight and a great selection of beer, wine, spirits, and more.
Whether you need something right away or you want to stock up on items for the week—you can do it in one convenient stop with no lines, no checkout at Amazon Go Grocery.
How do I shop at Amazon Go Grocery?
All you need is an Amazon account, the free Amazon Go app, and a recent-generation iPhone or Android phone. You can find the Amazon Go app in the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore.
When you arrive, scan the QR code from the app at the gate to enter the store, then feel free to put your phone away—you don’t need it to shop. Then just browse and shop like you would at any other store. See something you want? Grab it off the shelf and pack your bag or cart as you shop. Change your mind? Put it back, no problem. Once you’re done shopping, you’re on your way.
How does Amazon Go Grocery work?
Our checkout-free shopping experience is made possible by the same types of technologies used in self-driving cars: computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning. Just Walk Out Technology automatically detects when products are taken from or returned to the shelves and keeps track of them in a virtual cart. When you’re done shopping, you can just leave the store. Later, we’ll send you a receipt and charge your Amazon account.