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Amazon giant plans chain of UK bookstores and cashless convenience stores


Amazon is on the main street: The online shopping giant is planning a chain of British book stores and convenience stores that will automatically charge you for what you take off the shelf

  • The online mega retailer is reportedly in talks to open up to 30 stores in the UK
  • The first Amazon Go Store could open in London later this year
  • Stores would use smart technology and work without a cashier, as customers are electronically billed for the items they pick up and take out of the store

Amazon will open up to 30 stores in the main streets of the UK, where there are no cash registers.

The online retail giant has reportedly signed a contract to open more than 10 Amazon Go convenience stores across the country. The first is expected to open in London this year.

The Sunday Times newspaper reports that Amazon is also in talks to open another 20 stores, but these talks are ongoing.

Amazon is reportedly in talks to open 30 Amazon Go stores in the UK (file photo of the US shop).

An Amazon Go store in Seattle, Washington that opened in 2018 and was the first of its kind

An Amazon Go store in Seattle, Washington that opened in 2018 and was the first of its kind

Amazon is reportedly targeting transportation hubs to attract busy commuters who need to pick up items on the go.

The U.S.-based company has not yet announced plans. However, if done as reported, these will be the first Amazon Go stores on the UK's main street.

It works with the same technologies as in self-driving cars, which can detect when products are brought to the shelves or returned and track them in your virtual shopping cart.

Buyers need to scan their unique Amazon barcode on their phone to enter the store. The sensor technology and cameras monitor the items picked up and removed from the store.

When you leave the store with your goods, your Amazon account will be charged and you will receive a receipt by email.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Amazon targeted a unit in Notting Hill for its first store, which put it in direct competition with supermarket retailers Aldi and Lidl, who regularly struggle to win the price wars.

Tesco was already testing a fully cashless store in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire in 2018.

The business proved successful when the supermarket opened another self-service checkout in London last month.

Sainsbury & # 39; s also opened a bis-free grocery store in 2019 – paying customers in its branch with their smartphones.

Amazon opened its first Amazon Go store in Seattle, Washington in 2018 and has additional stores in San Francisco, Chicago and New York City.

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezoz is the richest man in the world since the online retailer has flourished in the pandemic. He has an estimated net worth of $ 181 billion (file photo)

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezoz is the richest man in the world since the online retailer has flourished in the pandemic. He has an estimated net worth of $ 181 billion (file photo)

Although there are no cashiers, Amazon has employees in the workshop to support customers and replenish inventories.

The news comes as Amazon continues to thrive during the global corona virus pandemic.

Last week, it was announced that worldwide sales in the second quarter would increase 40 percent to $ 88.9 billion (GBP 67.9 billion) as home buyers ordered in droves online. Profits doubled to $ 5.2 billion.

In a separate project, Amazon is also reportedly in talks with mall owners to buy free units for bookstores or for 4-star stores, a store that sells everything from toys to kitchen utensils, provided they are 4 or 4 on the Amazon website are rated higher.

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