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Amazon Builds A Prototype Store Run Almost Entirely By Robots

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The new store will sell food and drink items and as well featuring an in-store pharmacy.

There is currently a new prototype in place which demonstrates the future of online shopping giant, Amazon. According to a recent report by the New York Post the prototype is a near-future Amazon supermarket, called Go, and has no cashiers or checkouts. The convenience store will be 10,000 to 40,000 square feet on two stories, and will only employ a few real people. The rest of the workers will be a workforce of robots, who will bag all of the items for the customers who are browsing the store on the level below. Amazon's CEO, Jeff Bezos, has claimed that he wants the new store to include a ground level where the shoppers can physically touch and select items themselves, according to recent

Amazon's CEO, Jeff Bezos, has claimed that he wants the new store to include a ground level where the shoppers can physically touch and select items themselves, according to recent reports. These items will consist largely of typical food products such as fruit, beer, and so on. The shopper floor may also include a pharmacy, which would be an entirely new branch of Amazon. This new section will also feature human "greeters" who will additionally double as security to deter shoplifters.

Bezos has claimed that he believes that some of these stores will able to be fully functional with as little as just three human employees, and a maximum of just ten when needed. The main roles of the real workers will be menial clerks, encouraging people to sign up to Amazon "Fresh", restocking the emptying shelves, managing the drive-thru facility and assisting the robots when required.

Some reports have even speculated at the possibility of Amazon having no human employees at all in the future. The lack of human employees is a huge benefit in money terms. It will mean that there will be no need for payroll, whilst the Amazon model currently stands to generate an operating profit margin of 20%. This figure is a huge difference to the current industry average of 1.7%, according to the Food Marketing Institute.



 


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