In New York City, you can now walk into an Amazon store, scan an app on your phone, shop for your stuff, and walk out. No cashiers. No lines. Just a list of purchases on your next statement.
- Amazon initially chose NYC for its east coast headquarters but the deal went south last February, when union leaders and left-leaning politicians spooked Amazon into moving on to their second-choice location.
- The Amazon cashless store is also causing politicians to consider new legislation.
- Despite a worldwide trend toward cashless purchases, some states are banning these stores because they discriminate against people who don’t have smartphones and bank accounts.