More Wal-Marts join test of ‘scan and go’

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - — Rob­bie Neiswanger

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is in­tro­duc­ing “scan and go” tech­nol­ogy to more than a dozen ad­di­tional stores, ex­pand­ing a test that be­gan at the Rogers su­per­center at Pleas­ant Cross­ing.

The ser­vice al­lows shop­pers to skip the check­out line by us­ing ei­ther a smart­phone app or hand-held scan­ners pro­vided by the store to scan items as they shop. Cus­tomers then click a but­ton to pay for the items and show a dig­i­tal re­ceipt to an em­ployee as they leave the store.

In ad­di­tion to the Rogers lo­ca­tion, scan and go was be­ing tested in Lake Nona, Fla., and Tom­ball, Texas, this year dur­ing the com­pany’s sec­ond at­tempt with the tech­nol­ogy. The first took place a few years ago but didn’t gain much trac­tion with cus­tomers. The cur­rent test of the ser­vice in­cludes stores in the Dal­las and Nashville, Tenn., mar­kets.

Wal-Mart in­tro­duced the ser­vice af­ter suc­cess with a sim­i­lar ser­vice at Sam’s Club.

The com­pany’s ware­house club di­vi­sion be­gan test­ing scan and go at two lo­ca­tions in the sum­mer of 2015 and rolled it out to all of its U.S. lo­ca­tions last Septem­ber.

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