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Amazon Considering Airport Sites for Amazon Go

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Amazon is reportedly considering expanding into airports with its Amazon Go checkout-free stores, according to information obtained by Reuters.

Reuters obtained several emails - using public records requests to airport operators - which had been sent between Amazon staff and various US airports during the summer.

One exchange between Amazon and the information technology manager at San Jose (California) International Airport, understood to have been after a meeting between the two organisations, said:  “I am looking forward to moving forward with the Amazon Go technology at the airport.”

Los Angeles International Airport is also understood to have been contacted by Amazon. An email between a technology advisor and airport staff read: “The lead for Amazon Go requested a meeting. Interested?”. 

When contacted by Reuters, both airports advised that any retailer wanting to open a concession in their airports would have to enter into a competitive bid process, and both said that they had no further correspondence regarding Amazon Go.

According to Reuters, staff at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport made contact with Amazon, asking to partner “on the first Airport Amazon Go location.”  No further comment has been made by the airport or Amazon.

Users of Amazon Go stores scan their smartphones at a turnstile upon entering the store, select the items they require from the shelves and leave with their goods. Their account is automatically charged when they leave the store.

There are currently eight Amazon Go stores in the US, seven of which are open to the public: three in Seattle, three in Chicago and one in San Francisco.

Last weekend, speculation over the whereabouts of Amazon's first UK store resurfaced, with London's West End tipped to be the most likely location.   

Take a look at what it's like to shop in an Amazon Go store.

Source : Insight DIY Team

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13 December 2018

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