Amazon Robot Grocery Store
Amazon.com Inc. is pushing deeper into the grocery business with plans to introduce convenience
stores as well as curbside pickup locations, say people familiar with the matter.
The Seattle company aims to build small brick-and-mortar stores that would sell produce, milk, meats
and other perishable items that customers can take home, these people say. Primarily using their mobile
phones or, possibly, touch screens around the store, customers could also order peanut butter, cereal
and other goods with longer shelf lives for same-day delivery.
For customers seeking a quicker checkout, Amazon will soon begin rolling out designated drive-in
locations where online grocery orders will be brought to the car, the people said. The company is
developing license-plate reading technology to speed wait times.