Amazon.com Inc. is considering opening as many as 3,000 AmazonGo cashierless stores in the next few years, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter.
The plan, if executed, would make Amazon Go one of the biggest chains in the United States.
Amazon plans to open about 10 stores by the end of this year, about 50 locations in major metropolitan areas in 2019, and then as many as 3,000 by 2021, the report quoted the sources as saying.
The e-commerce giant wants to establish the stores in dense urban areas with mostly young and affluent residents who are willing to spend a little more for better quality food, the sources told Bloomberg.
The company opened its first Amazon Go store near its headquarters in Seattle in 2016, opened another one last month, also in Seattle, and a third in Chicago last week, The Verge said.
Shoppers use a smartphone app to enter the store, then they can grab everything they want, and walk out without stopping at a cash register.
Sensors and computer-vision technology detect what shoppers take and bills them automatically, eliminating checkout lines, Bloomberg said.
The stores offer salads, sandwiches, drinks, snacks, and a limited range of groceries and liquor.
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