Amazon is reportedly planning to open its first physical store in the U.K.
Citing anonymous sources, a report by The Telegraph suggests that Amazon is scouting for locations to set up a 3,000 -5,000 square feet sized Amazon Go Store in the U.K. Amazon Go, whose first store was launched in Seattle, is a chain of physical grocery stores where people can swipe their Amazon Go smartphone app onto a sensor to enter, pick up groceries and get billed on their Amazon account - without having to pay at a register. Several technologies such as computer vision, deep learning algorithms, sensor fusions are used by Amazon to operate its Go stores.
Opening an Amazon Go store in the U.K. could be a natural move, since the nation is an important market for the e-commerce giant. U.K. customers reportedly shopped at record-high levels at the start of Amazon’s Black Friday sale. As of now, Amazon has not made any official statement about its Amazon Go plans for the U.K.