Amazon to Phase Out Just Walk Out Checkout Technology in Grocery Stores

Amazon to Phase Out Just Walk Out Checkout Technology in Grocery Stores
Amazon to Phase Out Just Walk Out Checkout Technology in Grocery Stores

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Amazon's innovative Just Walk Out checkout system has been a key part of its strategy to revolutionize traditional grocery stores. This system, aimed at streamlining the shopping experience by eliminating traditional checkouts, is currently featured in 47 of its 64 Fresh stores in the U.S. and U.K.

However, Amazon plans to introduce a new series of grocery stores following an 18-month hiatus, moving away from this technology.

According to Tony Hoggett, Amazon's Senior Vice President of Grocery Stores, the upcoming Amazon Fresh stores will shift focus towards implementing Dash Carts, enabling shoppers to scan their purchases as they go.

Furthermore, Amazon intends to upgrade the majority of its current Fresh locations to "version two" stores this year. This upgrade will involve the removal of the Just Walk Out technology from locations where it is present, alongside general enhancements to the store's design and offerings.

A spokesperson mentioned to The Information that Amazon plans to keep Just Walk Out in smaller-format Fresh stores in the U.K. The technology also still features in Amazon’s 22 Go convenience stores, though the company closed nine of those stores last year.

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