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- A convenience store using Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology opened Friday at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, according to an emailed press release from Amazon.
- The location is the first university c-store in the US to use Amazon’s frictionless technology, joining companies like Standard AI in updating campus retail locations.
- Amazon’s expansion of its proprietary technology to US retailers coincides with the company pulling back from its own retail operations, as the company recently revealed it is closing eight of its Amazon Go c-stores at the end of March.
As Amazon addresses various issues among its brick-and-mortar stores, including its Fresh and Go brands, it continues to roll out its Just Walk Out technology to new retail locations across the country.
The technology allows customers to scan a credit card at the entrance, take what they want and leave. The store’s sensors and computer vision track what each person takes or puts back in and charges their card when they leave.
The Marymount University c-store — known as Saints 24 — is open 24 hours, according to a university spokesperson. It sells a variety of items based on feedback from the university’s Student Government Association, including fresh sandwiches, wraps, salads, sushi, yogurt and ice cream, along with toiletries, feminine hygiene products and other non-food items.
“Becoming the first university in the US to partner with Amazon to incorporate its Just Walk Out technology into an on-campus self-service store demonstrates how Marymount is leading the way in fostering an innovative and exciting student experience that appeals to tech-savvy undergraduates. of today,” said Dr. Irma Becerra, President of Marymount University.
Marymount’s Saints 24 shop is located in the entrance hall of the university Gerard Phelan Hall. The grand opening is scheduled for April 20.
In December, Community Groceries in Kansas City became the first non-Amazon retailer to incorporate Just Walk Out technology. The store, which focuses on healthy foods and aims to serve underserved communities, has also integrated Amazon One, the company’s palm-scanning identification technology, into its stores.
Experimentation with frictionless payment technology continues throughout the convenience store industry. In addition to standard artificial intelligence, Choice Markets Choice Now technology runs its shop at The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Grabango has made several forays into the sector with its technology at Mapco, ExtraMile and Coen sites, among others.