EMAILED ON January 22, 2018 BY Wes Schlagenhauf

Sorry cashiers, Amazon Go is finally here 

Amazon’s long-awaited autonomous grocery store opened yesterday in Seattle, and people cannot stop talking about it.

Last year, the tech powerhouse began testing the autonomous convenience store — designed to let customers walk in, pick up items, and purchase them without having to stand in line or open a wallet.

Now, after reworking a few technological kinks, the store is ready to… Amazon Go.

See inside

The entrance to the cashier-less store was described by The New York Times as “entering a subway station,” with a row of gates meeting customers as they file in. Only those with the store’s smartphone app may enter.

Once inside the 1800-square-foot market, customers are met with the same fully stocked shelves inhabiting any old grocery store.

But with Amazon Go, the difference lies in what isn’t there: customers aren’t met with cashiers or registers, or even shopping carts. The behind-the-scenes technology, while kept largely mum, is said to use the same sensory hardware that powers self-driving cars.

Ok, so what’s the plan here?

Over the past year, the race to unstaffed brick-and-mortars has been largely led by Chinese companies like Alibaba and, who’ve set the standard with superior technology and more actualized retail strategies.

Amazon hasn’t yet disclosed any such strategy — but it seems hellbent on eradicating the grocery store line.

Unfortunately, if this tweet is any indication, they’ve still got some kinks to work out…