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Creepy targeted ads are coming to supermarkets

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Refrigerator doors in supermarkets are being replaced with LCD screens that scan a shopper's face to show personalised pop-up adverts. Chicago-based Cooler Screens sells its products to stores which show the food or drink available inside. However, they are also used to display specific adverts based on the physical characteristics of the shopper. The cameras in the screens are not designed to prevent theft but instead are intended to give a personalised shopping experience through specific adverts. Supermarket chain Walgreens is believed to be testing the screens in half a dozen of its stores around the US.


How A.I. Is Making Supermarkets Less Exhausting

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

Take AmazonGo, the A.I.-powered convenience mart that opened 10 locations in cities including Seattle and Chicago last year, with plans to evangelize New Yorkers next. Cutting errand time back considerably, the store offers "JustWalkOut" shopping for groceries and meals. How it works: Download the free app, scan a QR code at the entrance, grab items off the shelves and exit through the turnstiles. By the time you receive a receipt in the AmazonGo app, you're halfway to the car. At less intelligent stores, you might soon be able to grab a cart that lets you checkout and bag items without a wait.


Amazon is set to take cashier-free technology to bigger stores

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Amazon is set to test its cashier-less checkouts in bigger stores, according to the latest report. The firm is already testing the Amazon Go system in small convenience stores which are less than 2,500 square feet (232 square metres) large in Seattle, San Francisco and Chicago. However, reports suggest the firm would like to start implementing the checkout-free system in Whole Foods stores, which are typically 40,000 square feet (3,700 square metres) large. In September it was revealed Amazon was looking to open 3,000 of its cashier-less stores by 2021. Amazon is set to test its cashier-less checkouts in bigger stores, according to the latest report (file photo).


Amazon's checkout-free experiment could come to larger grocery stores

Mashable

Amazon's cashier-less shopping tech could come to a full supermarket. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the tech giant is experimenting with its Amazon Go technology at a larger store. SEE ALSO: What it's like to shop at Amazon Go At the company's seven Amazon Go stores in Seattle, Chicago, and San Francisco, shoppers scan in with their mobile devices, then pick their product and walk out. The technology uses a mix of computer vision, sensor fusion and deep learning to register what you're buying, then charges your Amazon account when you leave. According to sources who spoke to the news outlet, Amazon is testing its technology at a space in Seattle, which has been arranged like a large store.


Amazon Go cashierless store opens in Chicago

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Amazon has opened its first cashierless go Store outside of its Seattle hometown. The firm today unveiled a new store at 113 S Franklin St in Chicago as it begins to test the radical new concept in more cities. However, the new store is Amazon's most limited, open only on weekdays from 7am and to 8PM, and offering'Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks. The plans for the New York store were revealed through a series of job postings spotted by The Information. Earlier this months plans for the firm's first store in New York were revealed.


Amazon job ads reveal plans for cashierless Go store in New York

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Amazon is to open a branch of its radical'Amazon Go' cashierless store in New York The store was revealed through a series of job postings spotted by The Information. The firm recently opened a second location in Seattle, and has previously said it hopes to open stores in Chicago and San Francisco. The plans for the New York store were revealed through a series of job postings spotted by The Information. 'On Thursday night, the internet retailer posted at least four job listings related to an Amazon Go store in the New York area,' The Information said. 'The listings seek candidates for a store manager, an assistant store manager, a learning and development manager, and a training lead associate.'


Amazon customers can now return things for free at Kohl's or Whole Foods

Mashable

Amazon customers now have a growing list of options when it comes to returning their online purchases in person. In addition to any of the hundreds of Whole Foods supermarkets across the country, certain Kohl's stores will now accept returns of "eligible items" as part of a retail partnership between the two companies that began earlier this summer. SEE ALSO: Amazon's out of the original Amazon Echo right now, and they won't say why The hassle of sending back unwanted products can be one of the biggest deterrents to online shopping and one of the most expensive operational costs for retailers. Starting next month, more than 80 Kohl's locations in the Chicago and Los Angeles area will begin packing and shipping returns back to the online shopping giant's warehouses free of charge. The stores will even have specially designated parking spots for Amazon returns customers.