Amazon's launch of its cashless "Just Walk Out" technology remains slow but steady as the e-commerce giant announced that it will have the option to set aside payment lines for select Whole Foods Market stores next year. So far, only two stores have been shown for support, with Amazon wanting to further evaluate customer feedback before developing.
Amazon started testing cashless payment technology years ago. Through a combination of computer vision, sensor integration, and deep learning, customers can shop in-store as usual and checkout with their merchandise when they're done. Purchased items will be automatically calculated and paid for as you wish, and you will also receive a digital receipt.
The first store using this technology opened to the public in 2018 after a long-term closed beta test. Among Amazon employees in Seattle. Development hasn't been as fast as some had hoped, but that didn't stop Amazon from paying for the technology.
In March 2020, Amazon began offering the technology to other retailers. Amazon can start using this technology within weeks, and Amazon will provide all the software, hardware, and technical support you need. As it expands into the grocery market, Amazon said the first stores to use the technology will be in the Glover Park neighborhood of Washington, DC, and Sherman Oaks, California. These are only two venues announced so far and the Just Walk Out technology won't be available until next year.
Just Out Technology will hit the Whole Foods market next year without criticism from Amazon