Amazon ‘set to launch its first physical shop in the UK this week’

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Online retailer Amazon is reportedly set to open its first physical stores in the UK this week.

However, as you'd expect from the online giant, its bricks and mortar stores are said to be different too.

Amazon has already opened several stores in the US to great success.

And now it's reportedly said to follow with it's first UK offering – in Ealing, London, according to The Daily Mail.

As well as being a landmark move for the company, it is also big news for the declining UK high street.

It's claimed Amazon is eyeing up 30 stores in the UK if this opening venture proves successful.

On a first visit to Amazon Go stores, customers will realise that there are no actual checkouts.

Instead, Amazon uses technology instead to track what you're purchasing.

The Just Walk Out technology means that customers are able to avoid queues for a speedy shopping experience.

When people enter the store, they must scan the Amazon app on the gated turnstile.

They are then monitored by cameras from above, while weight sensors in the shelves help the retailer determine exactly what people take.

Items that customers then pick up are added to a virtual shopping cart, and anything they put back is automatically deleted from it.

Shoppers can then automatically pay for their purchases when they walk out of the shop, as Amazon uses the credit card associated with their Amazon account.

Despite no checkouts, there are some staff on the shop floor.

These employees will be there to assist customers and replenish stock.

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The cashless payment store comes after supermarkets such as Asda, Sainsbury's, Tesco and M&S introduced self-checkouts which let you scan items as you shop and then pay at a self-checkout.

Tesco first tested a completely cashless store in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, back in 2018 and the supermarket opened another self-service checkout-only branch in London last year.

Sainsbury's also launched a till-free store in 2019, with customers paying using their smartphones.

When approached by the Daily Star, Amazon declined to comment.

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