Walmart Is Making Checkout Lanes Obsolete
Walmart is trying to remove the checkout lanes, cashiers or registers by rolling out a new technology in stores, it enables customers to scan and pay for the items they want to purchase.
Customers in a Walmart store just have to download Walmart’s “Scan & Go” app and then scan the barcodes of the items they want to buy.
Amazon is still planning to roll out such a technology, even though they had announced back in December that they would introduce a similar solution called Amazon Go, to their brick-and-mortar grocery concept.
Walmart beat Amazon in this race and is already set to roll the technology out to several stores in Kentucky, Georgia, Arkansas, Florida, Texas and South Dakota.
This technology is an attempt to help customers purchase whatever they want quickly and easily.
The stores will provide hand-held scanners for customers who don’t have smartphones. Some customers may not want to link up a credit card to their Scan & Go accounts, the stores also have options for them.
Such customers will finish their order on the app and then pay for their stuff by reporting to a self-checkout register when they have to scan a barcode.
Among the first ones to use the technology will be the customers in Waxahachie, Texas.
Mattie Shepher said, It makes shopping easier because you can actually see what your total is before getting up to the register. You can scan, and it’ll show your purchases of everything and then what your total is, so you can keep track of what you’re spending and I think that’s cool.”
Another customer said, “It’s kind of like ‘The Jetsons’.”
This would Walmart’s second at this technology called Scan & Go.
The first attempt of Walmart launching this technology was three years back, but the technology didn’t catch on.