Amazon ‘secures retail space’ for London Go store

Amazon has reportedly obtained retail space in London, with a view to rolling out its cashierless Amazon Go stores to the UK.

According to industry magazine the Grocer, the e-commerce giant has put down a marker on units in the capital, but is has not been confirmed how many sites have been secured or the location.

This reports late last year that plans to bring the Go stores to the UK were being led by the company’s US retail team, who were reportedly scoping out location near Oxford Circus. The company trademarked the Amazon Go brand in the UK more than two years ago.

It has already opened more than 10 Amazon Go stores in cities in the US, with the stores focussed on groceries, convenience store goods and lunch items for city workers.

The checkout-free concept store uses Amazon’s smartphone app to track goods they pick up and what they put back on the shelves, billing them after they walk out of the shop.

In September, it was reported that Amazon is working on plans to open as many as 3,000 AmazonGo cashierless stores by 2021.

A spokesman for Amazon said the company does not comment on rumour or speculation.

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