Amazon Go expanding to larger Seattle store, licensing tech to retailers

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Competitors like AiFi and Grabango will likely get a boost from the surge of attention. Today Amazon opens a 10,400-square-foot cashier-free grocery store in Seattle. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company hopes the store “will serve as a showcase for its technology as it seeks to sell its system to other businesses,” particularly convenience stores, airport shops, and stadium stores. The technology would likely be offered as a service, either under a licensing or profit-sharing model. Currently, twenty-five smaller Amazon Go stores operate in the U.S. Read Full Story

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Amazon’s new smart grocery cart is just another step to a cashierless future

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Amazon’s latest innovation in the grocery world is a smart grocery cart, dubbed the Dash Cart. Amazon is intent on leaving its mark on the traditional grocery shopping industry. After buying Whole Foods a few years ago and launching a chain of cashierless grocery stores , Amazon’s latest innovation in the grocery world is a smart grocery cart, dubbed the Dash Cart. Read Full Story

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Here’s what Amazon says it’s doing to keep warehouse workers safe from COVID-19

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Facing backlash, the company will offer face masks and temperature checks for staff in all of its U.S. and European warehouses and Whole Foods stores. Amazon is rolling out new measures to protect its employees from the coronavirus outbreak. By early next week, the company will offer face masks and temperature checks for staff in all of its U.S. and European warehouses and Whole Foods stores, and it will install artificial intelligence software to its camera systems to monitor whether workers congregate too closely. Read Full Story

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Inside the new homeless shelter at Amazon’s headquarters

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In Seattle, the tech company is now sharing an eight-story building with a homeless shelter serving 200 people. On March 5, as coronavirus infections spread in Washington, Amazon started asking employees in its Seattle headquarters to work from home. Four days later, half of one of the company’s buildings opened for another purpose: housing homeless families. Read Full Story

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Amazon may turn dying department stores into its own fulfillment centers

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Mall owners are desperate to fill the dying spaces once dominated by Sears and J.C. Penney stores. Amazon may be about to have an expanded presence in the place you’d least expect it to: malls. Yet the online retail giant isn’t about to open stores in the archaic shopping institutions. Instead, it’s looking to turn some dying department store spaces into fulfillment centers, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal . Read Full Story

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Amazon will invest $2 billion in climate tech

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Its new fund, called the Climate Pledge Fund, will invest in companies working on transportation and logistics, energy generation and storage, the circular economy, and agriculture. Nine months after Amazon announced that it planned to become carbon neutral by 2040 , the company is now launching a $2 billion internal venture capital fund to invest in technology to help it reach that goal. Read Full Story

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