It's unclear exactly when these new stores will open.The Seattle City Council passed a new law that will require companies making more than $20 million a year to pay a 'head tax.' Amazon and other Seattle-based companies will now be required to pay a tax of 14 cents per employee per hour worked, which comes out to roughly $275 per employee each year. Now, it has posted listings for store managers in San Francisco and Chicago, according to The Seattle Times.
Amazon Go is the online retail pioneer's attempt to reinvent the physical store with the same mindset that brought one-click shopping to the internet.
In February, real estate tracker Curbed Chicago also pointed out that Amazon had acquired a building permit for a location in downtown Chicago. There's no word yet on when the new locations may open, but it has previously been reported that Amazon wants to open six new Go locations this year. Los Angeles and San Francisco are the top two cities that are great to live in if you love Amazon.
In addition, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on May 13 that a formal announcement of an Amazon store near the city's Union Square was expected in the coming weeks. (NASDAQ:AMZN) likes what it sees from its futuristic cashierless store concept. Shoppers need to open the Amazon Go app to enter, and any products they take from the store are automatically charged to their account when they leave. There are no checkout lines and no checkout counters, though staff hover helpfully to aid new customers who are hesitant about how it all works. Once inside, they can take soda, salads or anything else off its shelves and just walk out. Amazon's technology, including overhead cameras, keeps track of what they buy and charges customers after they leave.
The 11 key-factors they looked at include restaurants participating in Prime Now, Amazon bookstores, free two-hour Whole Food delivery and Amazon Lockers.