Back in December, we wrote about Amazon’s plans that would let customers walk in, grab what they want from the shelves and walk out without ever having to stand in a checkout line. Well now Walmart is going to do the same thing but take it a step further.
Walmart announced that it is rolling out a new technology in its stores that enables shoppers to scan and pay for their items without checkout lanes, registers, or cashiers.
How it works: Shoppers download Walmart’s “Scan & Go” app, then scan the barcodes of the items they wish to purchase. Once they’re finished, they click a button to pay and show their digital receipt to a store greeter on their way out the door. Simple.
This once again comes back to the ongoing Amazon-Walmart war which has been going on for months.
Amazon announced back in December plans to introduce a similar technology to its own brick-and-mortar grocery concept, called Amazon Go, which is still in the works.
But Walmart is leapfrogging ahead of Amazon and already rolling it out tin over a dozen stores in US states, including Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia.
For customers without smartphones, the stores are providing handheld scanning devices, and customers unwilling to pay via Walmart’s app can still check out at a regular register.
Sams Club, which is owned by Walmart, has been using this technology in their stores as shown in this video
Walmart will have employees conduct random checks to keep people honest. Alcohol or Pricey Items will have their own thorough check. This scan & go is a really cool idea and look forward to other retailers doing this same thing
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