Amazon released their latest business venture on Monday that has the sad possibility of wiping out hundreds of thousands of American jobs if it is successful.
Their latest plan is a new type of grocery store that eliminates the need for cashiers by allowing shoppers to swipe the app on their mobile device when they enter the store. High tech sensors automatically add the items they grab into the virtual cart on the app, and when shoppers put an item back, the item is subtracted. Shoppers will no longer need to stand in a long line and wait for a cashier to ring up their items before they leave.
An 1800-square-foot Amazon Go store is currently up and running in Seattle, but is only open to company employees at this time.
According to the New York Post, Amazon will be testing out “large, multifunction stores with curbside pickup capability” and “drive-through prototype locations” and they want to open more than 2,000 stores in the near future.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that in May 2015 there were 856,000 on payrolls in America, and if Amazon is successful, they have the possibility of putting grocery stores out of business, and much of their employees out of a job.
Britt Beamer, president of America’s Research Group, said Amazon has the potential to wipe out 75 percent of typical grocery-store staff.
“It’ll be a big job-killer,” Beamer said. “It’ll eliminate the cashier, it’ll get rid of the baggers, it’ll eliminate the stock clerks. This could be big.”
A video showing how Amazon Go will work can be seen below:
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