Amazon Go, an automated grocery store chain, was inaugurated in Seattle

Amazon Go, a grocery store chain created by Amazon, had its first store inaugurated in Seattle. The store distinguishes itself by having no lines, no cashiers and no employees, functioning entirely on automated processes. Shoppers enter by scanning the Amazon Go smartphone app. When they pull an item of the shelf, it’s added to their virtual cart. If the item is placed back on the shelf, it is removed from the virtual cart. Shoppers are charged when they leave the store. The company says it uses computer vision, machine learning and algorithms and sensors to figure out what people are grabbing off its store shelves.