Could this – be the way of the future? We’re not sure, but if you live in Fayetteville, Arkansas you can head on down to this intriguing new Walmart prototype – a store built entirely around self checkout.
We are immediately reminded of some of Amazon’s experimental ’employee-less’ stores in the North West that relied on scanners and sensors to auto-bill shoppers as they moved around the store picking up items.
Both seem like exciting new concepts to us – especially in this brave new world of social distancing. Walmart seems particular attended to consumers changing preferences in stores; March saw the company launch a zero touch payment servicing using the Walmart Pay app. This system allows shoppers to scan a QR code at checkout, removing the need to touch the checkout screen.