The Reading / Listening - Cashier-less Technology - Level 0

Amazon will sell cashier-less technology to stores. It is called "Just Walk Out". It means stores do not need cashiers. Shoppers put shopping in their bag and then... just walk out. The software knows how much shopping a customer has and charges the customer's payment card. Amazon has used the software for two years.



The software will cut the number of cashiers in stores. There will be fewer jobs. Cameras will check what customers have in their bag. The customer then gets a bill and receipt. Amazon will make big money from this. Stores want to end complaints about slow checkouts. Amazon said staff can focus on more valuable activities.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cashier-less Technology - Level 1 Cashier-less Technology - Level 2   or  Cashier-less Technology - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-51801674
  • https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/amazon-offers-its-cashier-free-technology-to-other-retailers/
  • https://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-is-selling-its-cashierless-checkout-tech-to-other-retailers/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Amazon will sell cashier-less
  2. It is called
  3. stores do not
  4. Shoppers put shopping
  5. The software knows
  6. how much shopping a
  7. charges the customer's payment
  8. Amazon has used the software
  1. card
  2. how much
  3. for two years
  4. "Just Walk Out"
  5. customer has
  6. need cashiers
  7. in their bag
  8. technology

Paragraph 2

  1. cut the number of cashiers
  2. check what customers have
  3. The customer then gets
  4. make big
  5. Stores want to
  6. slow
  7. Amazon said staff can
  8. more valuable
  1. focus
  2. money
  3. checkouts
  4. activities
  5. in their bag
  6. a bill
  7. end complaints
  8. in stores

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Amazon will sell cashier-less technology to stores. (1) ___________________ "Just Walk Out". It means (2) ___________________ need cashiers. Shoppers (3) ___________________ their bag and then... (4) ___________________. The software knows how much shopping a customer (5) ___________________ the customer's payment card. Amazon has used the software (6) ___________________.

The software will (7) ___________________ of cashiers in stores. There will (8) ___________________. Cameras will check what customers have (9) ___________________. The customer then gets a (10) ___________________. Amazon will make big money from this. Stores want (11) ___________________ about slow checkouts. Amazon said staff (12) ___________________ more valuable activities.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Amazonwillsellcashier-lesstechnologytostores.Itiscalled"JustWalkO
ut".Itmeansstoresdonotneedcashiers.Shoppersputshoppingintheir
bagandthen...justwalkout.Thesoftwareknowshowmuchshoppingac
ustomerhasandchargesthecustomer'spaymentcard.Amazonhasuse
dthesoftwarefortwoyears.Thesoftwarewillcutthenumberofcashiersi
nstores.Therewillbefewerjobs.Cameraswillcheckwhatcustomershav
eintheirbag.Thecustomerthengetsabillandreceipt.Amazonwillmake
bigmoneyfromthis.Storeswanttoendcomplaintsaboutslowcheckout
s.Amazonsaidstaffcanfocusonmorevaluableactivities.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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