Wal-Mart Introduces Technology Making Checkout Lanes Obsolete

Wal-Mart Introduces Technology Making Checkout Lanes Obsolete

Walmart is rolling out a new technology in its stores that enables shoppers to scan and pay for their items without checkout lanes, registers or cashiers.

Shoppers will simply download Walmart's "Scan & Go" app, then scan the barcodes of the items they wish to purchase. Once they are finished shopping, they click a button to pay for their goods, and show their digital receipt to a store greeter on their way out the door.

Amazon revealed plans in December to introduce a similar technology to its own brick-and-mortar grocery concept, called Amazon Go, which is still in the planning phases. But Walmart is leaping ahead of Amazon and already rolling it out to more than a dozen stores in Texas, Florida, South Dakota, Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky.