Meta is opening its first physical store
Meta’s first brick-and-mortar store is set to open May 9 on a company campus in Burlingame, California. The 1,500-square-foot store will feature product demos about the company’s Portal video chat devices, Quest 2 VR headsets, Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses, and more. An immersive space even lets visitors play Quest 2 virtual reality games while they’re projected on curved LED screens that allow other shoppers to see their in-game perspective. Meta hopes that customers will visit the store and leave with ideas to help them better connect to the metaverse.
Whole Foods Market is adding “pay by palm"
Palm reading is no longer just for fortune tellers. Initially trialed in the Seattle area, the Amazon One payment technology has now rolled out to a Whole Foods Market in Austin. Enrolling in the Amazon One service is a quick process that involves linking a payment card and analyzing a shopper’s unique palm signature. Once enrolled, shoppers simply hold their palm over the Amazon One device at the checkout line to pay. The payment service is expected to be introduced at all seven Austin-area Whole Foods locations in the very near future.
Amazon Go is going suburban
After several years of fine-tuning its cashierless Amazon Go stores in urban centers, the company has opened its latest store in Mill Creek, Washington, a suburb just north of Seattle. The biggest store yet to feature Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology has a 3,250-square-foot sales floor, standard convenience-store fare, an expanded product selection, and a first-of-its-kind made-to-order meal counter—at which customers can order more than 30 different options from digital kiosks. Plus, an all-new customer service desk lets visitors ask questions, purchase gift cards, and return Amazon packages.