Hudson, has announced plans for a second location of its Hudson Nonstop concept, powered by Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology.
The newest location will open at Chicago Midway International Airport in 2021, the company says. It follows the first location, when was opened at Dallas Love Field Airport in March 2021.
Leveraging Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, Hudson Nonstop will allow travelers passing through the Windy City to enter the store with their credit card, pick up their must-have travel essentials ranging from snacks and goodies to trendy electronics and wellness items, and then leave the store, eliminating the need to wait in checkout lines or stopping to pay in-store.
“Hudson Nonstop is really all about the traveler – delivering what they want and how they want it. Our first store is proving that travelers are embracing this innovative new concept, and so we’re thrilled to announce our second location opening in mid-2021,” said Brian Quinn, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Hudson. “Midway is an ideal location for Hudson Nonstop given Chicago’s fast-paced lifestyle, and we know travelers there will enjoy just how easy it is to ‘grab and go’ in this contactless and checkout-free environment.”
Developed in partnership with the Chicago Department of Aviation and Midway Partnership, Hudson Nonstop will be the first-of-its-kind, checkout-free store at Midway as part of the airport’s historic concessions redevelopment program. The program, designed to revolutionize the selection of shopping and dining options for travelers across the airport’s two concourses, brings together industry-leading brands and beloved fan-favorite local concepts – now complemented by the upcoming addition of Hudson Nonstop.
“The elimination of checkout-line friction will appeal to all of our passengers, but in particular our time-sensitive travelers, as purchases can be made at the speed and convenience that best fits their schedule,” said Sammy Patel, CEO, Midway Partnership. “The addition of Hudson Nonstop to our concession lineup allows Midway Partnership to offer the next-generation amenities that exceed passengers' and airport employees' expectations and solidifies our focus on enhancing the shopping experience at the airport.”
The set-up doesn’t just offer convenience for consumers though. With contactless transactions, it also offers a safety element that’s more front-of-mind amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Offering safe and healthy travel experiences for our passengers is more important than ever, and we are delighted to add to Midway's convenient, contactless options for shopping and dining with the arrival of Hudson Nonstop, powered by Amazon's Just Walk Out technology," said Jamie L. Rhee, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation.
Hudson is a travel experience leader with more than 1,000 stores in airports, commuter hubs, landmarks and tourist destinations across North America.