Walmart Reportedly Prepping iPhone App for Self Checkout

Retail giant WalMart has reportedly begun field testing a new payment system that would let shoppers scan items in their shopping cart using only their iPhones and then pay at a self-checkout counter. According to a report from Reuters, this effort could massively reduce checkout times and eliminate associated costs for the company. If the …   Read More

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Retail giant WalMart has reportedly begun field testing a new payment system that would let shoppers scan items in their shopping cart using only their iPhones and then pay at a self-checkout counter.

According to a report from Reuters, this effort could massively reduce checkout times and eliminate associated costs for the company.

If the “Scan & Go” test by the world’s largest retailer is successful, it has the potential to change the way people shop and pay, making the process more personal and potentially faster.

The report notes that Walmart invited employees with iPhones to participate in a “test” at a Walmart supercenter in Rogers, Arkansas.

As of this writing, additional details aren’t known.

“All of the effort is to speed your way through the checkout so that we can reduce costs and improve the shopping experience,” said Paul Weitzel, managing partner at retail consulting firm Willard Bishop. “With smartphones and improved technology we’re only going to see more of this.”

So, we have to ask: would you be interested in scanning your own items if it means reduced costs and quicker check-out times? Please weigh in with a thought or comment below.

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2 comments

  1. Courtney

    Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems like this could be a huge blow to their loss prevention strategies/policies. How do you know the customer scanned everything? And scanned it correctly?

  2. iOS apps developer

    The idea from Walmart is pretty nice for checking out items from iPhone devices, now people can easily check and add entities to the cart and further make payment through checkout counter feature inbuilt in the app. This will enable iPhone users to make purchase from Walmart without needing to go to the store and that is good for both users and the company.

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