Walmart Expanding 'Scan & Go' iPhone Self-Checkout to Over 200 Stores

Reuters reports that Walmart is expanding its iPhone-based Scan & Go self-checkout system to over 200 of its stores, up from 70 currently. The company began pilot testing on the project, which allows users to scan items into an iPhone app as they shop and then easily pay for their items at a checkout station as they leave the store, last August.

For now, "Scan & Go" only works on Apple Inc devices. An Android version should be out soon, Walmart said.

With more than half of its shoppers using smartphones, Walmart is trying to make shopping more convenient for shoppers who embrace mobile technology. More than half of the customers who have tried the "Scan & Go" feature have used it more than once, [Walmart senior vice president Gibu] Thomas said.

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The Scan & Go program is currently in place at a number of Walmart stores in Georgia and Arkansas, with individual stores in Vancouver, Washington and San Jose, California also participating. The current expansion will bring the program to a number of new areas in the central and western part of the United States.

Walmart is bringing "Scan & Go" into a dozen more markets: Denver, Colorado; Phoenix, Arizona; Omaha, Nebraska; Dallas and Austin, Texas; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Wyoming; Bozeman, Montana; Seattle, Washington; San Jose, California; and Portland, Oregon.

The report notes that while customers are able to record their purchases on their iPhones, they still must pay using traditional methods at self-checkout stations, and the company declined to comment on whether it has plans to offer more integrated mobile payment methods such as directly through the app itself.

Scan & Go is offered through the standard Walmart iOS app, with users able to access a special mode of the app when they visit Walmart locations supporting Scan & Go.

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Top Rated Comments

notjustjay Avatar
148 months ago
What could possibly go wrong with letting Wal-mart customers scan and bag their own items? :eek:
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
japanime Avatar
148 months ago
Fantastic. I know lots of folks don't care for Walmart. But the adoption of iPhone technology by a major company is nothing but a good thing.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GenesisST Avatar
148 months ago
Wow, I was interested when I read they were expanding this because I notice a new self checkout station being installed at my local Walmart thinking this is what it's for. Unfortunately Florida is not on the list :/ oh well

Yeah, Florida has a good track record with "technology" (in the broad term of anything invented after 1 AD)... Hanging chads anyone?

:D
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
derondantzler Avatar
148 months ago
It's actually pretty awesome and a time saver.

The way that it actually works is:


* Scan the items you want with your phone.
* When you're ready to checkout, you go to a self-service checkout and transfer the Scan & Go basket to the register by scanning a QR code on the register.
* You pay and go.


Contrary to previous posts, you don't have to weigh anything (like the traditional self-service checkout method requires).

Theoretically you use the re-usable shopping bags, and bag everything as you scan, so the shopping experience is seamless.

Can't wait to see this in more stores.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
winston1236 Avatar
148 months ago
Take that NFC

Have you even used nfc?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Shop Avatar
148 months ago
Loss prevention nightmare.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)