Amazon could open 3,000 cashierless Go stores by 2021

Amazon may open 3,000 cashierless stores by 2021 - as survey reveals it's now third in online ads

Bloomberg points out that the initial stores have carried a high setup cost, requiring $1 million in hardware alone, making the prospect of opening 3,000 stores a multi-billion dollar investment.

Amazon is mulling a plan to open as many as 3,000 cashierless food stores over the next three years, according to a media report.

Amazon opened its first cashierless store in Seattle two years ago and has launched two additional locations in Seattle and another in Chicago. United Kingdom -based Pret has 450 locations worldwide, including New York, Boston and Chicago, focusing on fresh, healthy grab-and-go foods.

If Amazon follows through with the rumored plan, it would pose a threat to convenience store chains like 7-Eleven, which must bear the expense of paying cashiers and other staff, Bloomberg said.

From amps to microwaves, Amazon tipped to reveal more Alexa devices
Should we expect to see Amazon try to make more home devices smart? Some of the devices will also have Alexa built in. Alexa is Amazon's virtual assistant, which competes with Google Assistant.

Kavanaugh Denies Allegation Of Sexual Misconduct During High School
Ford said she kept silent about the alleged incident until she was in couples' therapy with her husband in 2012. As it stands now, this is simply an attempt to smear a man who had an impeccable reputation in high school.

Florence's rain bands lash Carolinas — WHAT'S HAPPENING
Hurricane Florence strengthened a bit, but then tapped on the brakes as it approached the North Carolina coast Thursday evening. Life-threatening storm surge and flooding remains likely along the Carolina coasts, according to the National Weather Service .

Sleek black cameras monitoring from above and weight sensors in the shelves help Amazon determine exactly what people take. That would mark a dramatic expansion of Amazon's brick-and-mortar footprint, and could pose an immediate challenge to food sellers from convenience chains like 7-Eleven to large format grocers like Kroger. The target locations make it less of a threat to suburban gas station-convenience store combinations and more of a threat to big cities' quick-service eateries, such as Subway Restaurants, Panera Bread Co. and Pret a Manger.

Amazon Go is basically a dream come true for introverts. It would also give Amazon a much expanded footprint of physical stores in the U.S., adding to its more than 350 Whole Foods stores. "If we offer a me-too product, it's not going to work", he said. Fresh prepared foods, however, are supplied via an off-site Amazon facility rather than an in-store kitchen. It would also change Amazon's business, putting more focus on its physical stores.

If a shopper puts an item back on the shelf, Amazon removes it from his or her virtual cart.

Driving Amazon Go's checkout-free shopping experience is Amazon's "Just Walk Out" technology. Once they scan their phones at a turnstile, they can grab what they want from a range of salads, sandwiches, drinks and snacks - and then walk out without stopping at a cash register. "The key to success will be convenient locations".