Wal­mart De­vel­op­ing Cashier-free Store

Shoes & Accessories - - The Month That Was -

Re­tail gi­ant Wal­mart is tak­ing the next steps in its bat­tle against Ama­zon.com by adding a cashier­less store and a per­sonal-shop­ping ser­vice.

Its startup in­cu­ba­tor Store No. 8 is work­ing to cre­ate a shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence us­ing tech­nolo­gies like com­puter vi­sion, with the ap­par­ent aim of cre­at­ing a check­out line-free busi­ness. If rolled out, the store could test the bound­aries of a stan­dard re­tail store, while also re­duc­ing the need for em­ploy­ees. Such a store would be sim­i­lar to Ama­zon’s Ama­zon Go store.

The per­sonal-shop­ping ser­vice would tar­get high-in­come city shop­pers and al­low them to get prod­uct rec­om­men­da­tions and make pur­chases us­ing text mes­sag­ing. Through the ser­vice, house­hold prod­ucts would be de­liv­ered for free within 24 hours, while other prod­ucts would come within two days. Re­turns would be picked up at cus­tomers’ homes at no ad­di­tional cost.

Fol­low­ing Ama­zon founder Jeff Be­zos’ ac­qui­si­tion of Whole Foods and Ama­zon’s an­nounce­ment of its Ama­zon Go store, Wal­mart has been work­ing to com­pete with the e-tailer’s tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ment.

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