Amazon Go

Amazon stores with no lines or checkout πŸ›

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Ryan HooverΒ β€” Founder, Product Hunt
Amazon closing out 2016 with a ton of announcements. Super interesting to see them expand to brick and mortar, a huge growth opportunity, and do it in a unique, tech-centric way.
AriΒ β€” Director of Marketing & eCommerce
@rrhoover try shoplifting and a drone will take you to jail :)
Bear SilberΒ β€” Director of Growth, Selfycart
@rrhoover I love this product. It's exactly what we're working on at Selfycart but implementing it into existing stores. This will be the future of retail.
Matthew TW HuangΒ β€” Tech Lover, Engineer
@bear_silber @rrhoover While the self-check-out is awesome and probably the future of retail check-out. I think the main benefits of Amazon Go is much more.

With the ability to just take and buy an item, without scanning ever, the friction of buying is greatly reduced (similar to one-click purchases). This will definitely increase what people buy, particularly families.

Personally, I think the greatest advancement for Amazon Go will be tracking of the stores. Amazon could collect every moment of the store (like the casino in Oceans 13). They can get the reactions of customers for every product. They can see where the consumers eyes are going. Amazon could change the lighting to highlight/feature items for every individual.

With Amazon's Kiva systems, they could even customize the shelves for particular times of the day without any effort from employees.

Retail stores will have to "Grow or die" -Phil Knight

I'm excited to see where retail stores will go.
Michael TomkoΒ β€” Production Director, The Able Few
@matthewtwhuang @bear_silber @rrhoover Super glad to hear that I'm not the only person who made any Oceans 13 references when talking about Amazon Go.
Nikhil JoisΒ β€” Co-founder, Eventosaur
This is going to be more impactful than self-driving cars. I wonder when India will be ready for Amazon Go though.
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Chris MessinaΒ β€” πŸ† PH Community Member of the Year!
@nikhiljoisr I disagree with that, bitty I'm curious your reasoning?
Nikhil JoisΒ β€” Co-founder, Eventosaur
@chrismessina The number of people who buy groceries is much larger than the number of people who commute using cars. Also, the sheer scalability of using similar technology like this in other stores will impact several lives. Although, I was hasty in not mentioning a time frame I think. Self-driving cars may turn out to be more impactful given enough time but in the immediate future, I'd give Amazon Go the upper hand.

P.S: Huge fan of your work at Uber. I'm a beta user and love the way your team works. :)
Andy O'DowerΒ β€” Head of Product @curiositydotcom
@chrismessina @nikhiljoisr VERY interested in the reasoning here as well. 100% disagree.
Nikhil JoisΒ β€” Co-founder, Eventosaur
@odower The number of people who buy groceries is much larger than the number of people who commute using cars. Also, the sheer scalability of using similar technology like this in other stores will impact several lives. Although, I was hasty in not mentioning a time frame I think. Self-driving cars may turn out to be more impactful given enough time but in the immediate future, I'd give Amazon Go the upper hand.
Nick HallamΒ β€” Product strategy and design
@nikhiljoisr I not actually sure that there are more people who shop for groceries than commute by car? But either way the impact is the important part. I think it's difficult to argue that a service that saves me a few mins per day at the grocery store will have a bigger impact on people than a service that will reduce the number of care on the road, reduce road fatalities and improve mental health by letting people rest and study etc. while driving! Love what Amazon have done here, don't agree it will have more impact than self driving cars.
Andy O'DowerΒ β€” Head of Product @curiositydotcom
@nhallam @nikhiljoisr yep with self-checkout this new service will save stores that already have it (and most large chains do) 50-75% of resources. But in the US alone (take India, China and 100x that number) millions of hours of productivity are lost to sitting in traffic (every day!) + deaths + services and businesses that support drivers.
Pietz ProveΒ β€” Media Computer Science Student
@nikhiljoisr @odower i completely agree that more people go grocery shopping than drive cars. still, id argue that the step from regular cars to self driving cars brings a much higher magnitude of benefits than regular shopping vs no-checkout-shopping.
@nikhiljoisr @chrismessina It's not just about groceries and not just about Amazon. In 10 years every retailer and mall will have licensed this technology, just like many of them use Amazon for online fulfillment. A few high end brands like Nordstrom will continue to offer personalized service, but I've believed for a while that Amazon is setting itself to become the infrastructure of all retail commerce.
Nikhil JoisΒ β€” Co-founder, Eventosaur
@gopietz @odower I live in a country where 180 Million people make live in households that make less than 2 dollars a day. Self-driving cars are going to be amazing for fortunate folks like you guys and me who can think about things like commuting. Groceries are something everyone buys. The economy here is improving and more people are getting out of poverty. Our mobile penetration rates are second only to China. We have 1 Billion mobile phone users here. We have a total of about 70 Million motor vehicles. The most powerful tool we have is the internet on our mobile phones. If and when stores like these become commonplace, the impact it will have on the entire population is unimaginable. Self-driving cars are not going to affect millions for a very long time. Urban, rich populations are still a minority and cannot be the first subset we think of when we speak of impact.
Nikhil JoisΒ β€” Co-founder, Eventosaur
@derekscruggs @chrismessina I live in a country where 180 Million people make live in households that make less than 2 dollars a day. Self-driving cars are going to be amazing for fortunate folks like you guys and me who can think about things like commuting. Groceries are something everyone buys. The economy here is improving and more people are getting out of poverty. Our mobile penetration rates are second only to China. We have 1 Billion mobile phone users here. We have a total of about 70 Million motor vehicles. The most powerful tool we have is the internet on our mobile phones. If and when stores like these become commonplace, the impact it will have on the entire population is unimaginable. Self-driving cars are not going to affect millions for a very long time. Urban, rich populations are still a minority and cannot be the first subset we think of when we speak of impact.
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