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Business Insider reports that Walmart is introducing a new Scan-and-Go technology in “more than a dozen stores in Texas, Florida, South Dakota, Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky” that allows shoppers “to scan and pay for their items without checkout lanes, registers, or cashiers.”

All the system requires is a smartphone with the Walmart Scan-and-Go app installed. They scan product barcodes using the app and then, when finished shopping, “click a button to pay for their goods and show their digital receipt to a store greeter on their way out the door.”  According to the story, “For shoppers without smartphones, the retailer provides hand-held scanners. The stores also have options for customers who don't want to link up a credit card to their Scan & Go accounts.”

Business Insider points out that in some ways, this moves Walmart ahead in the no-checkout race against Amazon, which unveiled its plans for an Amazon Go store without checkouts late last year, but as yet has been unable to get the concept beyond its Seattle beta testing.
KC's View:
The idea of scan-and-go is not new, but the idea that people can do it with smartphones takes it to a new level. This is just further evidence that Walmart is going to do its level best to counterpunch against Amazon, and even land a few kidney shots whenever it can.

Companies have to take this seriously, and figure out how to either offer the same sorts of services, or determine how to create an offering that successfully blunts what appears to be a pretty nice service.