Walmart announces its expansion to the Scan and Go pilot program, allowing the shoppers to scan and pay items at self-checkout counters using the iPhone to more than 200 stores.
The Scan & Go program, which commenced near Walmart’s home office of Bentonville, Ark., last year, currently runs in about 70 stores across the United States. The coming year will see the program expanded to more than 200 stores, though that is still only a fraction of the retailer’s more than 4,000 U.S. stores, according to Reuters.
The Scan and Go program only supports Apple iOS devices as of this moment. However, Walmart representatives say an Android version should be available soon.
The program helps customers to scan bar codes on items they want to buy while shopping via iOS application, which is available on App Store and compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPods.
Aside from the scan feature, it also tracks future purchases and total costs – a functional feature that’ll help shoppers track their planned items. Instead of paying to the traditional register, shoppers go directly to the self-checkout lane.
The app currently provides users with both an electronic receipt and a paper one. Users still pay in the usual manner, with cash or a credit card, and Walmart has declined to comment on the possibility of mobile payment integration.
Scan and Go pilot program will roll out into a dozen more markets: Denver, Colorado; Phoenix, Arizona; Omaha, Nebraska; Dallas and Austin, Texas; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Wyoming; Bozeman, Montana; Seattle, Washington; San Jose, California; and Portland, Oregon. Overall, it will come to more than 200 stores.
If you live in the above-mentioned states, you can download the Walmart app from the App Store via direct link.
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Source: Apple Insider