Big Brother is watching you...as you shop!

An innovative new Amazon grocery store was opened last Monday in Seattle, USA.  

The store works by requiring customers to scan their phones as they enter the store and relies on sensors and cameras to tell when an item has been removed from the shelf and needs to be replenished After you've gathered your shopping, as Amazon put it: " you can just walk out".  

But, as this new store opened, Amazon staff elsewhere within the company and customers have expressed concerns. Members of the public believe that the store can't be trusted, because a machine could malfunction and charge you more (or too little) for what you intended to buy.  People also believe that it is more convenient to just order online than go to the store and the store is losing Amazon's sense of convenience at the touch of a button.  

Furthermore, staff members are concerned because the idea of a future of just machinery and computers, means very few workers and potentially a loss of jobs, especially if this store starts a chain reaction opening up the automated shopping process.

Amazon did not discuss if or when it would add more Go locations and reiterated that it had no plans to add the technology to the larger and more complex Whole Foods stores. The company remains quiet about future plans and consumers' reactions to this new approach.

By Seb, Year 8