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Amazon Ditches Just Walk Out Tech in Oceanside Supermarket: A Look at the Renovations and Smart Cart Implementation

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 4, 2024
Amazon Fresh stores, such as the one on Long Island, are no longer using ‘Just Walk Out’ technology

In a major change to its Amazon Fresh stores, the company is removing the Just Walk Out technology, including at the Oceanside store in New York. This move is part of a broader effort to renovate the grocery chain and introduce smart carts that allow customers to skip the checkout line while monitoring their spending in real time.

According to Carly Golden, an Amazon spokesperson, customer feedback during the redesign of Fresh stores over the past year indicated a desire for receipts and savings as they shopped. The new smart carts will provide this convenience, while still allowing customers to quickly and easily pay for their items without waiting in line.

The decision to remove Just Walk Out technology was first reported by The Information and is being implemented in 27 of Amazon’s 44 Fresh grocery stores across the country, primarily in California, Illinois, Virginia, and Washington state. The Oceanside store is the only Fresh supermarket in New York state and occupies a 47,300-square-foot space previously belonging to Waldbaum’s supermarket.

Amazon also operates Amazon Go cashier-free convenience stores and owns Whole Foods, which it acquired in 2017. Despite previous disruptions predicted in the grocery sector following Amazon’s entry, the company has faced challenges in finding a successful formula. In his 2023 shareholder letter, CEO Andy Jassy acknowledged ongoing efforts to make a more substantial impact on the physical grocery market, which included shutting down some underperforming stores. Recent reopenings of Fresh stores in Los Angeles suggest a selective approach in opening new stores and renovating existing ones. Just Walk Out technology will still be available in Amazon Go stores and certain smaller Amazon Fresh stores in the U.K., as well as to third-party retailers.

By Samantha Nguyen

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