Amazon said the first stores to get the tech will be located in Washington, DC, while the second will be in Sherman Oaks, California. These are the only two locations that have been announced thus far.
According to Whole Foods Co-Founder John Mackey, “By collaborating with Amazon to introduce Just Walk Out shopping at these two Whole Foods Market stores, our customers will be able to save time byu skipping the checkout line.”
Shoppers can opt to use the tech when they enter the store by scanning an app, inserting a debit card linked to their Amazon account, or by placing their palm over the Amazon One palm-scanning system.
Unions have proclaimed that Amazon’s cashierless tech will cost workers jobs, but Amazon said the new Whole Foods locations will “employ a comparable number of team members as existing Whole Foods stores of similar sizes.” Rather, employees will be able to “spend even more time interacting with customers and delivering a great shopping experience,” Amazon said in a press release.