As expected, Amazon Go threw open its doors to its first New York City store making it the only one on the East Coast for now. But in a major change for the mobile self-checkout chain, cash is now accepted as a payment method. Given recent regulatory action in some cities and states banning cashless merchants, Amazon has been thinking through how to manage this given that total self-service and payment is the store’s hallmark. Most likely, practically all of the customers will be using its mobile pay app, as Amazon Go’s target market wants immediacy and convenience. So this changes the playbook for Amazon Go stores as they accommodate those customers not choosing to use plastic.
A CNBC article discusses more on this topic which is excerpted below.
- Amazon is opening up its twelfth cashier-less convenience store location in the U.S.
- Amazon Go opens to the public at Brookfield Place in downtown New York on Tuesday.
- The cashier-free store will also start accepting cash, Amazon said, after the company faced some backlash over “discrimination” concerns.
Amazon is finally bringing its cashier-less convenience store to New York. And it will also mark the first time this type of store, called Amazon Go, accepts cash.
While there still won’t be cash registers in the store, shoppers will have the option to use paper money or coins by having a store employee come to them with a mobile device to help them check out and pay, the company said.
Otherwise, Amazon Go shoppers are able to simply walk in and out of the store’s turnstiles, scanning the Amazon app, to purchase items.
Overview by Raymond Pucci, Director, Merchant Services at Mercator Advisory Group