The Walmart of the Future is Now
Imagine this. You're shopping at Walmart on Skyland or the one on McFarland in Northport and you have a buggy (we don't call 'em shopping carts in the south) full of stuff. Maybe some groceries, a few items from the deodorant, soap and shampoo aisles, dog food for Fido and maybe a new fishing rod to use on Lake Tuscaloosa to catch the one that got away last summer. You're definitely over the "20 items or less" limit, you're tired from a long day at work and the last thing you wanna do is scan all this stuff yourself in the self-checkout lane. You begin to search for a lane with a human cashier, only to find the only TWO lanes with a real person are backed up to the electronics section. You think to yourself, "there has GOT to be a better way!"
Your prayers have been answered, because according to an AOL article, 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.
Here's how it works: shoppers 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.
Scan & Go has already been rolled out to Walmart stores in Texas, Florida, South Dakota, Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky. Hopefully this "Jetson's like" technology will make its way to T-Town soon.