Amazon launches tech allowing Whole Food shoppers to pay with a palm scan

Amazon One will allow customers to link a credit card to their palm print.

Amazon is launching biometric technology at its Whole Foods stores around Seattle, Washington, whereby shoppers can pay for items with a scan of their palm.

The system, called Amazon One, will allow customers to link a credit card to their palm print. It will offer a contactless alternative to cash and card payments, Amazon said.

The system will still require scanning items at checkout, so it will not affect jobs at Whole Foods which it acquired in 2017.

Amazon said its biometric technology will be live at a Whole Foods store near its headquarters in Seattle immediately and will expand to seven more outlets in the area in coming months.

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The new service is just short of Amazon introducing cashier-free technology at Whole Foods, which critics have said would lead to job cuts

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