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You Won't Need Your Wallet to Shop at This Grocery Chain Anymore

You can already unlock your phone with Face ID. Now, you can pay for groceries with your palm!
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Cashier wearing a face mask at the grocery shop and getting a card payment

There's no dread quite like what you feel when you finally get to the checkout line at the grocery store, and you realize you don't have your wallet. Mobile pay has made things a little easier if that happens, but what if you also forgot your phone? If you're in a Whole Foods store, there's no need to worry—you can now pay using your palm.

One Whole Foods location near Amazon's Seattle headquarters is already using the Amazon One technology that allows customers to link a credit card to their palm print, according to Reuters. The innovation isn't new—some parts of the technology are already in use at Amazon Books and Go stores. But it's the first time it's being used in a grocery setting, and seven additional locations in the metro area are reportedly set to adopt the technology in the months ahead. (Related: This Is the Best Supermarket in America, New Survey Says)

Amazon has faced criticism over cashier-less technology because of its possible impact on jobs, per Reuters. Even if you pay with your palm at check out, an employee will still need to scan each item, meaning jobs won't be impacted, the company told the outlet.

The new technology is already being used in Amazon brick-and-mortar stores, and it's not the only digital aspect of the shopping experience. You'll find Ask Alexa stations, digital price tags, smart Dash carts, and more as you shop. Haven't been to one yet? Well, 30 more are set to opening this year.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That!. Read more