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06/11/2018

Amazon Go reportedly selects two locations in Chicago

Amazon’s cashierless store format is doubling down on Chicago.

Amazon Go has leased spaces in the Willis Tower, the tallest building in Chicago, and in an office building connected to Ogilvie Transportation Center, reported the Chicago Tribune. Both locations enjoy heavy foot-traffic, according to the report, which also said the company was seeking a space in Los Angeles.

The first (and still the only) Amazon Go location opened to the public in January, in Seattle. Prior to that, it was open a year in a test mode exclusively to Amazon employees.

In May, numerous media outlets reported that the concept would open in San Francisco and Chicago. Amazon confirmed the two openings to GeekWire, but did not say the stores would open or the exact locations.

To shop the store, shoppers launch the Amazon Go app on their mobile device as they enter, and take the products they want off of store shelves. Amazon’s “walk out” technology automatically detects when products are taken off (or returned) to the shelves, and keeps track of them in a virtual cart.

When customers are done shopping, they just leave the store. Shortly after, they receive a digital receipt and their Amazon account is also charged for the order, according to the website.