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Cashierless Stores are Popping up at Gas Stations, Stadiums, and Even Donut Shops

Pretty soon you might find Amazon Go-like concepts just about everywhere.

Mastercard on Friday said it’s joining the effort to create more of these kinds of cashierless stores, unveiling a platform it calls Shop Anywhere. It teamed up with retail tech company Accel Robotics to create a handful of new test concepts that let customers check into a store, grab what they want and walk out.

For instance, the team created a new self-service Dunkin’ store that allows people to check in at a kiosk, get doughnuts and coffee, and leave without stopping at a cashier. The store will be staffed with workers to restock items and provide customer service, but there won’t be a register.

Similar small-scale pilots were created with Delaware North, which runs stadiums, and Circle K, a gas station operator. Mastercard said one to three pilot locations is coming to Dunkin’ in Southern California, Circle K in Arizona and Delaware North across the US, and they’ll be rolled out to more places if they are successful.

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The payment network pitched these concepts as more flexible than Amazon Go, with Shop Anywhere capable of going into all kinds of locations and being retrofitted into existing stores — something Amazon Go hasn’t yet done. Both Shop Anywhere and Amazon Go are powered by a series of cameras that are kitted with computer vision and AI…  MSN News

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