A store like this might allow them to more cost effectively fulfill small items (deodorant, a pack of pens, batteries, aspirin, candy bars, etc.) by shipping from the store to your home.
In Japan you're almost guaranteed a konbini between you and your destination, and this makes it easy and pleasant to dip in for a snack, breakfast while walking to the train, etc. This is only economically feasible in a dense environment with a LOT of nearby shoppers, particularly considering land costs in Tokyo.
(I saw a good article at some point how a lot of small-town and rural convenience stores in japan aren't economically feasible and they struggle to keep the lights on as corporate demands unreasonable amenities like being open 24/7)
Amazon doesn't need to be cheaper than Dollar General, just the grocery section at CVS.
TBF, probably "2 Walgreens" would be a good comparison in some markets, or "classic grocery store" size.
I must admit, I'm unfamiliar with this terminology.
But yeah, those don't carry items outside of what you'd find in a normal Whole Foods.
* Will open in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, 2008 median household income was USD 93,720 . I don't expect a discount-type store.
* The Wall Street Journal says they're working on more stores, but this is the only one that Amazon has confirmed. Personally, I see this as more of an experiment at this point, even if a few more store open with this format.
* Amazon is obsessed with the last-mile(s), in particular on same-day delivery. (Witness their last earnings report.) I'd look at this store as a test-bed for last-mile/same-day... Perhaps they'll double or triple the size of the Amazon Fresh areas over what we see now in Whole Foods, for example.
"You are comfortable working in a physical environment. You have the ability to lift up to 49 pounds and be on your feet for a shift, up to 10 hours at a time with or without reasonable accommodation"
They sure don't sugar coat it.
"We are hiring for full-time, part-time, and flex-time positions. Pay starts at $15.35 per hour with benefits available."
At least they have benefits.
In Seattle (where there's speculation on a similar grocery store in Cap Hill https://www.geekwire.com/2019/amazon-confirms-amazon-go-team...) minimum wage in 2020 will range from 13.50-16.39/hour ( https://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/LaborStandards... )
Some people making $15/hour will get lucky and get subsidized or “affordable” housing though and be able to live on that. Or they’re living with their parents.
That is 50.3% higher wage than Northern Virginia area (Very high COL) grocery stores for exactly the same work requirements. Saw a job offer go out literally this afternoon for $10/hr starting at Giant in Loudoun county.
Time and a half on sundays is not CA state law.
Source -- A guy that recently programmed overtime rules into a computer system.
(maybe that will change - post amazon, I noticed whole foods selling cheerios)