The first Amazon Go cashierless store was launched earlier this year. The company has since added a couple of other locations and most recently opened an Amazon Go location in Chicago earlier this week. A new report claims that Amazon is going to expand its cashierless stores rapidly and may have as many as 3,000 locations by 2021.
The concept behind Amazon Go stores is allowing customers to walk in, pick up the items they need, and walk out. The bill is calculated automatically and charged to the credit card they have on file with Amazon.
Bloomberg reports that Amazon is thinking about opening 3,000 of its cashierless stores by 2021. This would put Amazon in direct competition with convenience stores and other retail chains that sell everyday items to customers.
The Amazon Go stores sell more than just daily use items. There’s prepared food on the shelves in addition to groceries. The report adds that Amazon looks to open at least 10 Amazon Go locations by the end of this year and is aiming to cover 50 major metro areas including San Francisco and New York by next year. Amazon hasn’t confirmed or denied this report as yet. When reached for comment by CNBC, the company said that “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation.”