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Amazon Go to open in New York City

By Dan Wilson September 11, 2018 - 11:03 am

Amazon has confirmed that they will be opening one of their futuristic Amazon GO stores in New York city at some point in the future. Currently, there are only 3 Amazon Go outlets open for business and they are all in Seattle, in the USA.

Amazon Go is a new shopping concept: the stores are without checkouts. Shoppers scan an app as they enter the premises. And as they take the products that they want in the store, scanners, monitors and cameras record the items. The shopper then freely exits the store and the cost of the goods is taken automatically from their Amazon account.

This new Amazon Go outlet is demonstrative of a few things related to the ecommerce giant. Firstly, that the Amazon Go concept has been proved. Originally, the trials of technology were not entirely successful with the shop not accurately recording what was being bought. These teething troubles would now appear to have been successfully rectified if the NYC opening is put in context.

Secondly, Amazon appears increasingly willing to expand its reach with bricks and mortar establishments and is no longer simply an online retailer and marketplace. In addition to these shops, it also has the network of Whole Foods stores numbering in the hundreds and several bookshops too in metropolitan areas.

The challenge is to effectively utilise both online and offline presences. It’s been apparent with the Whole Foods developments that offering perks to shoppers as part of Amazon Prime has been successful and boosted both elements of the business.

And obviously physical locations in city centres offer useful opportunities for the collection of goods online and also facilitate returns more easily.

It is a tantalising possibility that these robotic, automatic shops could also be expanding at some point outside of the United States and, perhaps, become a familiar sight on British High Street. But probably not any time very soon.

  • Kevin Moore
    2 months ago

    Amazon is making a mistake by not opening up this technology to other retail outlets and providing it as a service via aws cloud. What will happen by Amazon keeping this technology as a closed shop is that Microsoft, Google and IBM, Alibaba will come up with a similar techno!ogy and provide it as a service to retail outlets, where those retail outlets will then be driven to use cloud services of Microsoft or others where Aws cloud will start losing market share.

    If Amazon opens up this technology to other retailers world wide that will drive all those retailers to use aws cloud computing services where aws will increase its share.

    Amazon made this mistake with robotics when it acquired Kiva robotics company. Amazon made it a closed shop with the technology. What has happened is that other robotics companies have copied Amazon robotics warehouse robots and they are now providing that lucrative robotics service to other retailers. If Amazon had opened up its robotics technology and opened it up as a service to other retailers then Amazon would have had another revenue stream and also more companies such as retailers worldwide would be using aws cloud computing.

    • 2 months ago

      @Kevin Moore I don’t see that it says that Amazon is not opening up to others, sounds to me that they are still in the early development stage with teething problems or there would be many more stores.

      But if they choose not too, which I suspect they may, then I doubt they will lose any market share. AWS cloud will continue to grow, as will Amazon.

      The part of this article that I find most amusing is that whilst there has been much talk of the Amazon (Online Retail / Marketplace) Tax to assist high street shops, this article talks of Amazon expanding its brick & mortar shops. Imagine Amazon being funded by an online tax that helps it take over the high street.