Cashier-free Amazon Go stores are coming to Chicago and San Francisco

Cashier-less store coming to Illinois

Amazon Go to open in Chicago and San Francisco, expanding cashier-less store footprint

When Amazon opened its cashier-less Amazon Go store in Seattle this January, the world stopped and stared.

Four months after opening its first Amazon Go cashierless convenience store in its hometown of Seattle, the retailer is coming to San Francisco and Chicago.

An Amazon spokesperson confirmed to the news outlet that the company was planning to open stores in each of the cities, but did not specify when they would welcome customers.

There were earlier signs that Amazon had its eye on Chicago and San Francisco.

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Cameras and sensors track what the customers grab off the shelves and charge them after they leave.

Opening more stores is yet another sign that Amazon is serious about expanding its physical presence. There are still no more announcements about when future stores will be ready for the general public, but real-estate tracker Curbed has hunted down the locations selected by Amazon.

Reports hint at other location possibilities. The story said the company could open as many as six storefronts in 2018, citing people familiar with the plans.

Customers simply have to download the Amazon Go app and scan a unique barcode that automatically identifies them when they walk into a store. No checkout is required; people are charged for the items they take shortly after leaving the store.

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