Consumers can check out Walmart’s “Check out with me” technology to pay for their Lawn & Garden Center purchases at 350 stores across the country.
Walmart associates, toting cellular devices and Bluetooth printers, scan heavy items like bags of mulch while it’s still on the shelf, saving customers the hassle of loading it into carts and pushing it back into the store to fixed checkout stations. The technology will also assist customers outdoors in the live plant and potting soil areas.
The system is being tested in Lawn & Garden Centers, because that is where it is most needed to improve the customer check out experience. However, eventually it could be used elsewhere in the store as well. If successful, the system could be implemented at Walmart’s 4700 U.S. locations.
Walmart may also have checkout-free technology in the works to battle Amazon’s Whole Foods or the new Amazon Go stores, where customers can just pick up their items and leave while cameras, sensors, and AI technology track and charge them for their purchases.