The Reading / Listening - Cashier-less Technology - Level 1

Amazon will sell its cashier-less technology to other stores. The technology, called "Just Walk Out," means stores do not need cashiers. Shoppers go into a store, put their shopping in their bag and then... just walk out. The software calculates the cost of the customer's shopping and then charges the customer's credit card or payment card. Amazon has been using the software for the past two years in its own Go Grocery stores.



The software will cut the number of cashiers stores need. Cameras on the ceiling will link to software that checks what customers have in their bag. The software then bills the customer and produces a receipt. Amazon could make a lot of money from this. Many stores want it to remove the complaints of slow checkouts. Amazon said the software lets staff, "focus on more valuable activities". However, people worry that there will be fewer jobs.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cashier-less Technology - Level 0 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 its cashier-less
  2. to other
  3. stores do not need
  4. put their shopping
  5. The software calculates
  6. charges the customer's
  7. Amazon has been
  8. for the past
  1. the cost
  2. two years
  3. credit card
  4. technology
  5. using the software
  6. stores
  7. in their bag
  8. cashiers

Paragraph 2

  1. cut the number of cashiers
  2. software that checks what
  3. The software then bills
  4. Amazon could make a lot of
  5. Many stores
  6. remove the complaints of slow
  7. focus on more valuable
  8. there will be fewer
  1. want it
  2. jobs
  3. customers have
  4. activities
  5. the customer
  6. money from this
  7. stores need
  8. checkouts

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Amazon (1) ___________________ cashier-less technology (2) ___________________. The technology, called "Just Walk Out," means stores do not need cashiers. Shoppers (3) ___________________ store, put their shopping in their bag and then... (4) ___________________. The software calculates the cost of the customer's shopping and then charges the customer's (5) ___________________ payment card. Amazon has been using the software for the past two years (6) ___________________ Go Grocery stores.

The software will (7) ___________________ of cashiers stores need. Cameras on the ceiling (8) ___________________ software that checks what customers have in their bag. The software then (9) ___________________ and produces a receipt. Amazon could make a lot of money from this. Many stores (10) ___________________ remove the complaints of slow checkouts. Amazon said the software lets (11) ___________________ more valuable activities". However, people worry that there will (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Amazonwillsellitscashier-lesstechnologytootherstores.Thetechnolo
gy,called"JustWalkOut,"meansstoresdonotneedcashiers.Shoppers
gointoastore,puttheirshoppingintheirbagandthen...justwalkout.Th
esoftwarecalculatesthecostofthecustomer'sshoppingandthencharg
esthecustomer'screditcardorpaymentcard.Amazonhasbeenusingth
esoftwareforthepasttwoyearsinitsownGoGrocerystores.Thesoftwar
ewillcutthenumberofcashiersstoresneed.Camerasontheceilingwillli
nktosoftwarethatcheckswhatcustomershaveintheirbag.Thesoftwar
ethenbillsthecustomerandproducesareceipt.Amazoncouldmakealot
ofmoneyfromthis.Manystoreswantittoremovethecomplaintsofslowc
heckouts.Amazonsaidthesoftwareletsstaff,"focusonmorevaluablea
ctivities".However,peopleworrythattherewillbefewerjobs.

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

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Free writing

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