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Microsoft reportedly developing cashierless store to rival Amazon

(Source: thenextweb.com)

Microsoft appears to be working on tech to build cashier-less stores, to which end it’s reportedly spoken with everyone’s favorite big box store, Walmart.

The details: A report from Reuters says the tech company is working on a system which will track what a customer in a given brick-and-mortar store puts in their cart. It’s supposedly flashed samples of this tech and has even discussed potential collaboration with Walmart.

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As yet, we have no idea how far along Microsoft are in their idea — it might not be ready for prime time for a while.

Why it matters: This is mostly a finger in the eye of Amazon, who have been working on their Amazon Go stores for a while — the first one opened earlier this year. Not that I don’t like the concept, but for me the distinct feeling of “ugh” that comes with the realization I need to visit Walmart doesn’t come because I need to deal with the cashiers.

Still, march of progress and all that. But if Microsoft does pair with a store, it’d have be one with a strong online habitat. That’s the whole point of Amazon Go stores: you’re basically using your Amazon account away from the computer. Without that convenience, some customers might rather restrict themselves to cash only, even if it means standing in line at a register on the way out.

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More Info: thenextweb.com

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