Do you ever feel like some people out there are trying to rush us into a “George Jetson” lifestyle, but without all the cool flying cars, and houses in the sky? They just want to make everything feel less “human” and cozy. There’s a dystopian feeling that goes along with what many people call “the future” and I don’t know why it has to be that way. It doesn’t need to feel like you’re shopping at a Mission to Mars substation, to be “cool” and “new.” You can find interesting ways to blend technology with humanity and cozy designs.
But I guess that’s not part of the WEF’s great reset plan. We all need to walk around like zombies, in stark white modern buildings, with no personality.
Well, it appears not everyone is on board with that plan… as a matter of fact, the “supermarket of the future” that Amazon was hoping to roll out, seems to have hit an iceberg and sunk. Looks like Amazon’s plans to take over the world will have to be placed on the back burner for a while.
Eat This Not That reported that Amazon’s supermarket of the future appears to be stuck in a dystopian present.
A growing number of new Amazon Fresh locations—stores promising all sorts of high-tech conveniences, such as a speedy “Just Walk Out” payment system—are mysteriously sitting dark, according to multiple reports.
Dubbed “zombie stores” by The Information, which first reported on the phenomenon, the dormant locations appear to be fully constructed and ready to open, but the doors remain closed. Amazon won’t explain why, either, leaving shoppers and local leaders puzzled about the delays.
Initial reports indicated at least seven built-out locations sitting idle in California, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. That original tally doesn’t include places like Westport, Conn., where residents have been waiting for months for their Amazon Fresh store to open. And waiting. And waiting.
Westport blogger Dan Woog writes that he’s been fielding constant questions about the town’s store status, after activity ground to a halt at the once-bustling construction site.
“We don’t comment on our future roadmap,” an Amazon spokesperson told The Westport Journal. Other inquiring media outlets have received matching no-comment replies.
A similar story is also taking place in the suburbs of Chicago and Minneapolis.
“It’s just a business decision on Amazon’s part, and they’re not very good at sharing,” Daniel Ritter, the interim community development director in Tinley Park, Ill., griped to his local Patch. Ritter said he hasn’t heard from the Seattle company since September about his town’s 35,000-square-foot store, which is now fully built, adding that his requests for an update have been ignored.
Same goes for a planned 40,000-square-foot store in Eden Prairie, Minn. “We understand the internal build-out has been delayed but we are not sure why,” City Manager Rick Getschow told the Eden Prairie Local News.
I guess millennials (that’s me) and zoomers would like this, but I can’t see my mom (gen x) or my grandma (boomer) doing all that tech stuff just to go grab some food. My mom has no patience and would never stand there speaking into a “box” on the wall for help. Ha ha ha.
And don’t most millenials and zoomers eat out, anyway?
It sounds like the supermarket of the future is about to die with a whimper and be part of the past.
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