Amazon giant plans chain of UK book shops and cashless convenience stores

Amazon hits the high street: Online shopping giant plans chain of UK book shops and convenience stores that automatically bill you for what you take off the shelf

Reports suggest online mega retailer is in talks to open up to 30 stores in the UKThe first Amazon Go store could open as early as the end of this year in LondonShops would use smart technology and operate without cashiers as customers are billed electronically for items they pick up and take out of the shop 

Amazon is set to open up to 30 stores on UK high streets that won’t have any checkouts.

The online retail giant has reportedly struck up a deal to open more than 10 Amazon Go convenience stores across the country with the first expected to open in London this year.

The Sunday Times paper reports Amazon is also in talks to open a further 20 more stores but that talks are still ongoing.

Amazon is reportedly in talks to open 30 Amazon Go stores in the UK (file photo of US store)

Amazon will reportedly targeting transport hubs, so it can attract busy commuters who need to pick up items on the go.

The US-based company has yet to announce the plans but if they go ahead as reported, it would mark the first Amazon Go shops in the UK high street.

It works by using the same types of technologies found in self-driving cars which can detect when products are taken or returned to the shelves and keeps track of them in your virtual cart.

Shoppers must scan their unique Amazon bar code on their phone to enter the store and sensor technology and cameras monitor the items picked up and taken out of the store. 

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