The online retailing giant first revealed its convenience store concept at the end of 2016. The Amazon Go stores are expected to use technology to create a shop without a checkout. Customers would simply walk in, take products off the shelves and then leave the store with the bill automatically charged to their Amazon accounts.
The concept is currently being trialled in Seattle but the store isn’t open to the public; at present it is being tested by Amazon employees only.
More recent reports indicate that Amazon has been looking at central London locations that could be suitable for Amazon Go convenience stores. A UK trademark for Amazon Go stores has already been registered.
No details have yet been given by Amazon about how sales of alcohol would be regulated under its ‘no checkout’ concept.