Amazon announced the opening of its second Amazon Go Convenience Store this morning, which is located in Seattle's hometown of the retailer. The new store is 1,450 square feet – a bit smaller than the first 1800 square foot store – and will be located at 5th and Marion in Seattle. It will offer a range of ready-made breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options, as well as Amazon's meal kits.
The food options will be made by Amazon chefs and various local kitchens and bakeries, notes the retailer. For example, there will be quick snacks like chips, bars, sweets and locally made chocolates, along with lunch options like salads, sandwiches and wraps. For dinner, the Amazon Meal Kits provide all the ingredients for a homemade meal for two, which will take about 30 minutes to prepare.
This is a smaller selection than Amazon Go's flagship store, which also offers beer and wine, and various food products, including 365 Everyday Value branded products from Whole Foods.
Also because of the smaller size of the shop there is no kitchen on the premises. Instead, the fresh food will come from an Amazon kitchen elsewhere in Seattle, according to a Seattle Times report that toured the room before its opening.
The store will be open only on weekdays from 7am to 7pm PM, Amazon says, as it should work more for office workers.
Earlier reports had said Amazon was planning to open six to six Amazon Go locations during the course of 201
This second location works the same from the technological point of view as the first.
The system of go-loading contains a series of cameras mounted above this rail movements of the buyer from every angle, weight sensors on the shelves and the mobile app of Amazon Go, which is milled on the way to automatically provide buyers for the purchase to burden what they do too.
The stores are a true art pleasure and machine learning, and have spurred a market of competitors seeking to bring similar technology to Amazon's rivals and other retailers. But some question the need to replace human store personnel with camera arrays and other technology just to save customers a minute or two at checkout.
The larger vision is to reduce the number of employees – despite claims to the contrary of relocating workers to "customer service" and "storage."
Combined with other advances that automate the need for so many employees in jobs such as fast foods, fast food restaurants, coffee houses and clothing stores, one has to wonder if it is responsible for developing the technology that eliminates jobs before there is one Plan to train workers in the jobs of the future – that could be those who have been servicing the machines they've replaced, optical engineers, AI and software developers, and other tech jobs.
In the long run, as a result of these changes, workers can gain access to better, higher-paid jobs, but the immediate result is short-term layoffs, as those who work in convenience stores are not trained as software engineers.
Amazon is not discussing its opening dates for future go stores.