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Amazon Ditches Just Walk Out Technology for Smart Carts in Fresh Stores: A Revamp of the Grocery Chain

BySamantha Jones

Apr 2, 2024
Just Walk Out technology is being removed by Amazon from its Fresh grocery stores in the US.

Amazon is overhauling its Amazon Fresh stores by replacing the Just Walk Out technology with smart carts. This change was prompted by the company’s effort to revamp its grocery chain. The Just Walk Out technology enabled customers to pay for items without waiting in line and receive receipts later, while the new smart carts will show their spending in real-time. The smart carts were first reported on by The Information.

Despite initial predictions that Amazon’s entry into the grocery sector would disrupt the market, the company has faced challenges in finding a successful formula for its grocery stores. Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon, mentioned in his annual letter to shareholders that the company is working to make a larger impact on physical grocery sales. Some Amazon Fresh and Go stores have underperformed and expansion on Fresh stores was paused last year. However, three Fresh stores were reopened recently in Los Angeles, California, and plans are being made to selectively open new Fresh stores and remodel existing ones.

In addition to offering Just Walk Out technology in some Amazon Go stores and smaller Amazon Fresh stores in the U.K., Amazon also plans to provide this technology to third-party retailers. The company currently operates dozens of Fresh grocery stores across the country, primarily in California, Illinois, Virginia, and Washington state. Additionally, Amazon also owns Whole Foods, which it acquired for $13.7 billion in 2017.

By Samantha Jones

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