Amazon closes several stores without cash registers in the U.S.

07-Mar-2023 - USA
Amazon is thinning its network of stores without cash registers in major U.S. cities. Eight stores in San Francisco, New York and Seattle are to close on April 1. However, the world's largest online retailer stressed that it is sticking to the concept in principle and will continue to operate more than 20 stores. At the same time, Amazon wants to be guided by which locations and features are particularly popular with customers, a spokeswoman told the Bloomberg news agency on Friday.

Earlier, the website "Geekwire" had reported that the group would close four of its "Amazon Go" stores in San Francisco and two each in New York and Seattle. Several stores of this type remain in each of the cities.

In the stores, cameras and other sensors register which goods customers take from the shelves. When they leave the store, they are automatically charged for their purchases. The more small downtown stores suffered the effects of the Corona pandemic because many employees worked from home instead of the office.

The first store under the "Amazon Go" brand opened in 2018 at the company's Seattle headquarters. Amazon has since offered the technology to other retailers. In contrast, the group is sticking to cash registers at Whole Foods, the grocery chain it bought for nearly $14 billion. Amazon already closed its bookstores and pop-up locations last year./so/DP/mis (dpa)
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