1. Michael Essany's Avatar

    Anyone who battled long lines and other associated delays at Walmart over this past Labor Day holiday weekend may have another mechanism at their disposal in the coming months to significantly reduce check-out times.

    According to information gained exclusively and confidentially by Reuters, Walmart is now actively preparing a system that will allow shoppers to scan items using their iPhones. Once completed, the self-checkout process is a snap. All told, this arrangement reduces the time consumers are at the store while simultaneously cutting costs for the store.

    If the "Scan & Go" test by the world's largest retailer is successful, it has the potential to change the way people shop and pay, making the process more personal and potentially faster.
    Rumored but not confirmed is a report that Walmart recently invited select employees with iPhones to participate in a "test" at a Walmart supercenter in Rogers, Arkansas. "All of the effort is to speed your way through the checkout so that we can reduce costs and improve the shopping experience," said Paul Weitzel, managing partner at retail consulting firm Willard Bishop. "With smartphones and improved technology we're only going to see more of this."

    For now, there is no estimated time frame for when Walmart may formally introduce the app. But it sounds like the official release may be coming soon.

    Source: Reuters
    2012-09-04 06:01 PM
  2. Silverado1987's Avatar
    Yup it's true. I work at Walmart. Apparently your iPhone app you can have a shopping list mark your items off. Will tell exactly where your item is in the store and give you a grand total. You will have to stop at a register scan thing though to pay and off you go
    2012-09-04 08:01 PM
  3. javiert30's Avatar
    Almost like Home Depot app...
    2012-09-05 04:48 AM
  4. iHacker007's Avatar
    I'm living in Rogers, Arkansas and work at a Walmart DC and they have a few weeks trying the new system with some selected employees specially floor managers, I think the system is almost ready to public release in a few days due to the holidays season.
    2012-09-05 05:07 AM
  5. bigboyz's Avatar
    Awesome..giving shopping a much needed perk!
    2012-09-05 07:59 PM
  6. Jdot1224's Avatar
    Pretty cool.
    2012-09-06 02:52 AM
  7. Bo Troxell's Avatar
    Awesome, love it.

    "All of the effort is to speed your way through the checkout so that we can reduce costs and improve the shopping experience"
    2012-09-06 03:10 AM