Amazon’s Cashierless Store Is Almost Ready for Prime Time

Daily News Article - November 16, 2017


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1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. Define ‘brick and mortar’ and algorithm as used in the article.

3. What is the idea of Amazon Go? (How will it transform the grocery shopping experience?)

4. a) For what reason did online shopping giant Amazon getting into the grocery store business? (Jeff Bezos purchased Whole Foods recently.)
b) What strategy is Amazon using with Whole Foods to grow the customer base?
c) How has this affected grocery store chains Kroger and Sprouts?

5. How does Amazon Go work?

6. What main challenge do engineers still face before the store can open? How are they working to solve it?

7. Jeff Bezos, who with a net worth of $72.8 billion, was listed as the richest man in the world this summer (before being bumped down to 3rd place) is also opening Amazon brick and mortar bookstores - one near the location of a giant Borders Bookstore that closed in NYC and one down the block from a large Barnes and Noble that closed outside of Washington DC. He also bought The Washington Post newspaper.
Some people believe Amazon is becoming a monopoly. If true, would that make you less likely to shop at an Amazon Go in your neighborhood? Explain your answer.