AMAZON rolls out palm-scanning tech to 200 locations

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According to a Vice President who spoke with Reuters, Inc’s palm-scanning and cashier-less checkout technology is currently being used in over 200 establishments, both inside and outside the company.

In an interview, Vice President Dilip Kumar explained that the e-commerce and cloud-computing giant is expanding the implementation of its touchless technology among existing clients, Yahoo News reported.

Amazon has not disclosed any specific growth figures, but the company did announce in June 2022 that over 69 locations in the United States and the United Kingdom had implemented its palm-scanning and cashier-less checkout technology.

The company is also in the process of making new deals, including a recent partnership with the US-based cafe chain, Panera Bread. This collaboration will introduce Amazon One devices, which allow customers to pay by scanning their palms, at two locations in greater St. Louis.

According to Kumar, the deployment will eventually expand to include 10 to 20 Panera cafes in the coming months. By swiping their palms, customers will also be able to access their rewards accounts and order histories at the restaurant, as reported by Yahoo News.

While Kumar declined to provide the deal’s value, he described Amazon’s business model as selling software and devices as a service. Despite macroeconomic challenges, Kumar noted that the expansion of Amazon’s touchless technology is being driven by demand.

Of the more than 200 installations, over 50 have been with independent retailers, stadiums, and university customers, while the remaining locations were in Whole Foods and other Amazon stores.

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