Amazon Fresh grocery stores in the US are discontinuing the Just Walk Out technology

Amazon Goes Smart with Smart Carts in Grocery Stores: A Revamp of the Chain and its Evolution towards Convenience and Efficiency.

Amazon has decided to replace its Just Walk Out technology with smart carts in its Amazon Fresh stores, as part of a revamp of the grocery chain. The move comes after customer feedback indicated a desire for the ability to view their receipts and savings as they shopped.

The company operates numerous Fresh grocery stores across the US, primarily in California, Illinois, Virginia, and Washington state. It also has cashier-free convenience stores under the Amazon Go brand and owns Whole Foods, which it acquired in 2017.

Despite initial predictions of disrupting the grocery sector, Amazon has faced challenges finding a successful formula. CEO Andy Jassy expressed in his annual letter to shareholders in 2023 that the company was striving to make a greater impact in physical grocery. Amazon has shut down underperforming stores and paused expansion efforts in the past.

At present, Amazon has reopened some Fresh stores in Los Angeles, California and plans to selectively open new stores while remodeling existing ones. Just Walk Out technology will still be available in Amazon Go stores, select smaller Amazon Fresh stores in the U.K., and for third-party retailers.

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