Will Amazon Go Kill Supermarkets, Costco, and Walmart?

An intriguing possibility is that automated stores might be more competitive because they will offer a higher level of customer service. By freeing the cashiers up to help customers, many grocery stores might be able to offer a Nordstrom (NYSE: JWN) level of customer service at Walmart price. That will be the real game changer.

If history is anything to go by, Amazon Go is likely to be superseded by semi-automated stores. Nor is Amazon necessarily the company to take automated stores mainstream.

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