Amazon Go and the Future of Shopping



  • Amazon Go is the new type of retail store where you don't need to cash out. A lot of neat technology going in to making the shopping experience different and lower touch.



  • That seems pretty awesome.



  • Yeah it does. I've hard of it before now, so I look to see who else gets into that bandwagon.



  • The only issue I see with something like this is now you'll hire security to confirm purchases as people are entering / leaving.

    Should be less staff over all, but a bit more police state shopping.


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    @DustinB3403 said in Amazon Go and the Future of Shopping:

    The only issue I see with something like this is now you'll hire security to confirm purchases as people are entering / leaving.

    Should be less staff over all, but a bit more police state shopping.

    Why? Wouldn't it do the opposite? I would think so.


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    How do you get more police state shopping that the US has today with people paying and two feet later having to prove again that they bought what they have within sight of where the security guard just watched them buy it?



  • My reasoning for the police state shopping scenario is the concern of people turning off their device or whatever else. Disabling their credit card etc.


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    @DustinB3403 said in Amazon Go and the Future of Shopping:

    My reasoning for the police state shopping scenario is the concern of people turning off their device or whatever else. Disabling their credit card etc.

    Then you'd have normal non-police-like procedures for stopping people anytime that their cards were declined or network was down. It would be a normal thing.



  • @DustinB3403 said in Amazon Go and the Future of Shopping:

    The only issue I see with something like this is now you'll hire security to confirm purchases as people are entering / leaving.

    Should be less staff over all, but a bit more police state shopping.

    The companies who start moving in this direction are not the same ones who will treat their customers like criminals over the possibility that one item didn't get rung up.

    I have worked on projects to try and do warehouses this way, but time and time again, the RFID ends up being just too expensive per tag to make it worth it. We already have the technology to fill a cart with items then as a customer walks out, a gateway over the door can count it all, and bill them. I am betting Amazon has just found a way to bring cost down slightly on existing technology.


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