Amazon to Shut Eight Go Comfort Shops

Amazon is completely closing eight of its Amazon Go comfort shops.

The cashierless shops are situated in New York Metropolis, Seattle and San Francisco. Two Seattle-based shops have been shut for a while, Amazon says, however six shops nonetheless working — two in New York Metropolis and 4 in San Francisco — are set to shut April 1. 

“Like all bodily retailer, we periodically assess our portfolio of shops and make optimization selections alongside the best way,” Amazon mentioned in an announcement. “We stay dedicated to the Amazon Go format, function greater than 20 Amazon Go shops throughout the US, and can proceed to study which areas and options resonate most with prospects as we maintain evolving our Amazon Go shops.”

Amazon Go shops enable individuals to buy with out standing in a checkout line — customers enter the store using the Amazon app, seize what they need and exit the shop, and the invoice is paid by way of a bank card on the app.

Final month, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy mentioned the corporate needs to “go massive” on one other form of bodily retailer, grocery shops. Final 12 months, Amazon introduced it could be closing all of its bodily bookstores, in addition to its Pop Up and 4-star shops.

The corporate says it’s going to proceed to open new Amazon Go shops, equivalent to a lately opened retailer in Puyallup, Washington.