Amazon to Open Physical Store?

Although Amazon practically invented online shopping, the e-tailer giant is now looking to get into brick-and-mortar stores.

Amazon recently filed a patent, detailing a new retail store that would allow customers to pick whatever items they would like and leave the store—without ever bothering to stop and check out with a cashier!

The store would use a system of cameras, sensors and RFID readers that would be able to identify shoppers and the items they decided to get. Once the customer exits the store, it signals the system to send an e-mail to the customer, relaying the items purchased and the price.

By not having cashiers, the technology could give Amazon a more cost-effective way to compete with traditional retailers. In addition, retail locations could serve as a place to retrieve goods ordered online. This would be especially helpful in urban areas, where it’s not always safe to have packages delivered, sitting on your doorstep all day.

Although a patent being filed doesn’t necessarily mean something will definitely happen, the idea behind the store, with the added bonus of being able to pick items up, makes sense for Amazon.

We will have to wait and see what the future holds for Amazon when it comes to having a brick-and-mortar store. Could you see this concept taking off? Share your thoughts by commenting on this post, or on our Facebook or twitter pages.