Amazon Go Expands to Chicago and San Francisco


Recode reported earlier this year that Amazon plans to open as many as six additional Amazon Go stores beyond the original Seattle location. Today the word comes down that Amazon Go stores are set to arrive in Chicago and San Francisco, and the company is looking for store managers in both locations.

Opening more stores is yet another sign that Amazon is serious about expanding its physical presence.

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Inside the Amazon Go store in Seattle.

A 625-square-foot location in Chicago's Loop district has been chosen.

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Amazon is looking for store managers to head Amazon Go stores in both cities, according to recent job listings the retailer posted on its website. Aside from Seattle, Los Angeles is also a possible location of another cashierless store.

Amazon executives had hinted during the January opening of the pilot store on the company's Seattle headquarters campus that they planned to expand, but the company had been silent on its road map. Technical limitations encountered during testing with employees show that it would be hard to implement the tracking system on a much larger scale, albeit not impossible over the long term.

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Customers, who need to have Amazon's Go smartphone app, swipe their phone on the way into the store. Amazon Go's systems automatically debit their accounts for the items they take, sending the receipt to the app.