Amazon has opened a till-less grocery store in London – it’s first “just walk out” shop outside the US
Visitors to Amazon Fresh scan a smartphone app when entering and are automatically billed as they leave.
The store stocks hundreds of own-brand items as well as third-party products, and also serves as a place to collect and return goods bought online.
“Having a physical presence will enable Amazon to address some of its weaknesses, like the mounting cost of deliveries and returns,” said Natalie Berg, an analyst with NBK Retail.
But she said she did not believe it would pose a threat to the major chains in the near term.
“Supermarkets have had a few years now to prepare and test their own checkout-free shopping concepts.”
Amazon’s approach, however, promises a more “frictionless” experience than other retailers.Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-56266494