Amazon Go is a prototype grocery store operated by online retailer Amazon, with one location in Seattle, Washington. It is partially-automated, with customers able to purchase products without using a cashier or checkout station. The first store, located in the company's Day 1 building, opened to employees on December 5, 2016, and to the public on January 22, 2018. The store has prepared foods, meal kits, limited groceries, and liquor available for purchase.
In its report on the opening The Wall Street Journal reported that this first location was one of at least three Amazon planned to open, each of which was in a different format. In October 2016, the Business Insider reported they had seen internal Amazon documents that described Amazon opening up as many as 2,000 stores, over the next ten years. Amazon spokesmen refuted the reports of 2,000 stores, insisting they were still learning. The Business Insider predicted that Amazon was likely to open only twenty or so stores, during the next two years.
The Verge reported this first store was scheduled to open to the public in early January 2017; its December 2016 opening was a Beta version for Amazon employees only. The first store was only 1,800 square feet, the size of a corner convenience store. The other test stores will be larger. By October 2017, the store had yet to open due to issues with the technology tracking over 20 people at one time.
Amazon announced that the store will open to the public on January 22, 2018. Customers must download the Amazon Go app for iOS and Android, which is linked to their Amazon.com account, before shopping at the store. In addition to stocking name brands and local brands, the store sells many of Amazon's house brands, such as Wickedly Prime and 365. Food stamps (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), which is public assistance for low income persons, are not accepted nor are customers who do not have later model smartphones or smartphones that do not have the Amazon Go app downloaded. Wikipedia