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“Amazon Go”-like technology could come to Albertsons stores

Amazon, Inc. is piloting a technology that allows customers to walk into a store, grab some items and leave — without ever scanning a barcode or visiting a checkstand.

Now, Albertsons Companies hopes to try something similar. 

 A Plated display at a Northern California Safeway. Don Day/BoiseDev
A Plated display at a Northern California Safeway. Don Day/BoiseDev

During its analyst day Tuesday to talk about the proposed merger with Rite Aid, company officials touted a test of a similar idea.

“We are experimenting with Amazon Go-like technology today where someone could come in and pick up a Plated order, it would know that you were in the store, it would tender an order and you could leave outside of the check stands,” Shane Sampson, Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer said during the presentation.

The company’s presentation materials said the pilot is for a “limited set of products like Plated and other prepared foods.”

Albertsons Companies VP of Communication and Education Christine Wilcox tells BoiseDev they have not yet started to pilot the technology.

A similar idea is being applied to gas stations – with a trial soon coming to Boise.

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