Walmart Tests iPhone-based "Scan & Go" Payment System

Walmart Tests iPhone-based "Scan & Go" Payment System

Your friendly neighborhood Walmart may be getting even closer to "getting with the times." And in fact, surging beyond them. To date, few stores have really, truly embraced mobile payments. And perhaps even fewer have even considered smartphone integration with the buying process. But the mega-retailer Walmart is reportedly testing a new system that could enable shoppers to scan items as they browse using an iPhone, and then pay at a self-checkout counter based on what they've scanned in the store. It's a shifting of the process; today, the self-checkout lane makes you scan everything as you exit, but it'd go much faster if you scanned as you shopped. The idea is obviously being considered in order to reduce checkout line wait times, and maybe even reduce costs for retailers at large.


If Walmart is successful with it, you can bet that other small and medium-sized retailers, as well as rivals like Target, will be paying attention. Interestingly, the program is not yet set up to allow people to actually pay for their goods via the phone. But with things like Square and PayPal Here already on the market, it's probably just a matter of time before that leap is made. Walmart isn't saying when or where it really plans to implement the program, but it probably wouldn't be spending money on the testing if it didn't have big plans.
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Hmm. I always pay cash. It keeps me grounded. If i have my cad with me ill just swipe away baby. Heheh. Shopping spree

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If it saves time I guess it's a good idea. We use the self scanners at the grocery store to avoid having to deal with the lines.

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Good I hate cash it is dirty and can be heavy with our Canadian toonies

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Travelluna, this has nothing to do with cash it self. Its just for faster checkout, instead of scanning your items at the counter you scan them as you shop and then pay as normal at the counter.

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How will they keep an eye on the items scanned and actually bring out of the store?

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