Amazon opens Go Grocery Store to the public: UCFW responds
Amazon Go Grocery is located on East Pike Street between Belmont and Boylston Avenues. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)
By John Turcios on February 28, 2020
Amazon has officially launched its first cashierless store in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. After running several internal tests in the store, Amazon decided to open Go Grocery to the public. According to GeekWire, who got a sneak peek into the new store they explain how technology ensures people can access and pay for the food products in the store.
First, customers have to scan a QR code in the Amazon Go app on their smartphones to enter the store. Next, they can start shopping for any products in the store. Meanwhile, hidden cameras and sensors overhead will keep track of everything placed inside the customer’s shopping cart. Lastly, the items are charged to the shopper’s Amazon account shortly after they walk through the exit.
Shoppers scan a QR code in the Amazon Go app on their smartphones upon entering. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)
Overall, this method eliminates the old-fashioned scanning and paying process with their new grab-and-go feature. It has not been announced whether other locations will be opened in the future but Amazon is planning to license the cashierless system to other businesses. They are hoping to earn back from their investments in the new technology.
However, the United Food and Commercial International Union (UCFW) did not respond well to the Go Grocery opening. The UCFW is in charge of representing 1.3 million workers who are employed in grocery stores and other food packaging industries. The union explained that “the brutal truth is that Amazon is focused on one thing eliminating as many jobs as possible to enrich one multi-billionaire, Jeff Bezos. Their concerns for the future of store employees have made them become opposed to the new idea for the Go Grocery store.
However, Amazon responded to this and explained “it’s both incorrect and misleading to suggest that Amazon destroys jobs” according to a spokesperson for Amazon. The spokesperson explained that, Amazon has created over 500,000 jobs in the US. New jobs offered in the Go Grocery will offer a minimum wage of $15 and come with included compensation and benefits for their employees.