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Amazon Removes “Walk Out” Buying with Smart Carts in its Amazon Fresh Chains

Amazon is bringing smart carts to its Amazon Fresh stores in a move to replace its “just walk out” smart-shopping policies. 

Amazon has recently announced its decision to discontinue a controversial technology called "Walk Out" in its brick-and-mortar retail stores. The technology, which was introduced just a few months ago, aimed to streamline the shopping experience by allowing customers to exit the store without needing to stop at a traditional checkout counter. However, the company faced backlash from both employees and customers, citing concerns about privacy and potential job losses. Now customers can expect a smart-cart that enhances their shopping experience.

The "Walk Out" technology utilized a system of cameras and sensors to track items selected by customers as they moved throughout the store. Upon exiting, customers' accounts would automatically be charged for the items they had taken, eliminating the need for traditional checkout lines. While Amazon touted the technology as a convenient and efficient solution for modern shoppers, critics argued that it raised significant privacy issues and posed a threat to jobs in the retail sector.

In response to mounting criticism, Amazon has opted to discontinue the "Walk Out" technology in its entirety. The decision comes as a surprise to many, given the company's reputation for pushing the boundaries of innovation in retail. However, Amazon spokesperson Carly Golden emphasized that the company remains committed to exploring new technologies that enhance the shopping experience while addressing concerns raised by stakeholders.

Amazon Fresh stores have recently introduced a new shopping experience with the integration of Amazon Smart Carts. These innovative carts are equipped with built-in sensors and cameras, allowing customers to skip traditional checkout lines altogether. As shoppers select items from the store shelves, the Smart Cart automatically detects and tallies their purchases, streamlining the checkout process and allowing guests to track their spending in real time. With the introduction of Smart Carts, Amazon Fresh stores continue to redefine the future of grocery shopping, setting new standards for convenience and customer satisfaction.


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