Walmart Plus iPhone Could Equal Faster Checkout

The nation’s largest retailer, Walmart, is trying out a system that would allow customers to use their iPhones to scan items and pay at a special counter,  a process that could expedite a typical checkout.
The “Scan & Go” system has the potential to transform the shopping experience, which is already seeing the gradual addition of mobile payments via smart phones.
However, it is not clear whether shoppers could pay directly with the iPhone or if they would need to use a regular form of payment, such as cash or a credit card, with the “Scan & Go” system.
Walmart has invited employees with iPhones to take part in a test at a Walmart supercenter in Rogers, Arkansas, near the company’s headquarters, according to a form on the Survey Monkey website (
Shoppers can scan products with their iPhone and place the items bags while they continue to shop, and then pay at a self-checkout counter
Earlier this year, Walmart said that it would add more self-checkout lanes to Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, which would both lower costs for the company and expedite the checkout process for some customers.
Having customers scan their own items and pay without the need for a cashier could save the retailer millions of dollars, Walmart’s Chief Financial Officer Charles Holley said earlier this year.
Self-checkout stations are becoming increasingly common at retail stores and supermarkets. But scanning items for purchase with a smart phone is mostly unchartered territory.
Walmart recently said it was teaming up with other retailers to develop a mobile payment network, a project that could compete with similar initiatives from Google, eBay’s PayPal, and others.

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