Friday December 07, 2018

Amazon Is in Talks to Bring Amazon Go to Airports

Amazon is in talks with management at various major airports to bring its cashier-less shopping experience called Amazon Go to the millions of fliers in the USA. Shoppers would scan their smartphones at a turnstile to enter the establishments. The cameras inside the store automatically identify what the shopper picks up off the shelves. When the shopper leaves the store, Amazon bills their credit card on file. Reuters has documented multiple managers at airports requesting the Amazon Go service at their facilities. An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment.

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"The lead for Amazon Go requested a meeting," read a June 27 email from a technology adviser who supports Los Angeles International, the second-busiest airport in the country, to a concessions official. "Interested?" "Yes. Thanks!" the concessions official replied. Officials from both airports have since told Reuters they had no further correspondence about Amazon Go and that the retailer would have to undergo a competitive bid process to become a concessionaire, as is typical. The company's cloud unit, Amazon Web Services, has been in touch with airports for other purposes.