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Aug 31 2012   8:28PM GMT

Will the Smart Phone Replace Checkout Lanes?

Dave Bateman Dave Bateman Profile: Dave Bateman

So, imagine the next time you do your shopping you don’t have to wait in line at the checkout. No, I am not talking about just walking out the door without paying, but rather using your smartphone to scan items while you shop and pay for them that way. Well, if the test that Walmart is currently running is successful, this may be a reality in the future. As a matter of fact, if you are an employee of the Walmart store in Rogers, Arkansas you may have already tried this. Walmart allowed employees of that store to test this new system, which they are calling “Scan and Go.” The system lets you use your iPhone to scan the items while you are shopping and then pay for them at one of the self checkout lanes. Currently there is no way to pay for the items via your iPhone, but that does seem like the next logical step.

So, what do you think? Would you prefer this method of shopping? I just can’t help but wonder what this will do to the sales of tabloid publications. I mean, if you aren’t waiting in line, how will you be drawn in by the latest Bigfoot sighting or alien abduction story? For more on “Scan and Go” checkout this story over at Reuters.

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