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Walmart Tests Scan & Go Smartphone App

submitted on September 5, 2012 by siggy38 in "Stores / Merchants"

Wal-Mart is testing a system that would allow shoppers to scan items using their smartphones and then pay at a self-checkout counter.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Walmart is giving its new Scan and Go system a trial in one if its Bentonville, Ark., supercenters. Customers will be able to scan items with their smartphones as they shop, then pay quickly at special kiosks, thereby skipping the checkout line. What the new system conspicuously fails to do is allow shoppers to pay with their mobile devices.

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    Posted by mooncow728 on September 5, 2012
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    How will they know if someone scans everything? The self checkouts normally weigh items to make sure. It sounds like a concept that could be nice but seems like it could help thieves. Also they would have to set up bagging kiosks unless they forced people to bring their own bags.
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      Posted by siggy38 on September 5, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      I'm with you about this promoting theft...but it is a concept with many bugs to be worked out.
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      Posted by mooncow728 on September 6, 2012
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      It could be pretty convenient though. You could potentially bring your own bags and pack after you scan as you shop to save time. Not to mention more people would probably try to bring bags because of it and it would help reduce plastic bags. If they made it so that your receipt went onto your smart phone, they could save a bunch of paper too. Especially if they put an option to make certain items gifts. Rather than printing extra gift receipts you could potentially just email them if needed. That could save a TON of paper around the holidays. I'm not a fan of Walmart but if they do this right they could possibly win me over.

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