Walmart has introduced a “fast lane” checkout to its flagship store in Toronto, allowing users the option to either scan and pay as they go, or use traditional cashiers.
By using the My Walmart app, customers can scan items as they shop, then pay for their shop by simply scanning a barcode in the dedicated fast lane.
This is not Walmart’s first branch into cashierless technology, with its Sam’s Club subsidiary launching recently, now available in most stores.
Sam’s Club is also currently testing an even faster version of the scan-and-go app, which is able to both scan barcodes and use image recognition technology and machine learning to recognise and register items, placing them in a virtual shopping cart before allowing users to pay digitally.
Other Walmart stores also now offer Check Out With Me, which sees employees able to scan shoppers’ items using a mobile checkout device.
This comes as the US’ largest retailer continues to ramp up its technology investment amid a growing rivalry with Amazon, rolling out thousands of instore automated robots, one-day delivery initiatives and even poaching former Amazon executive Suresh Kumar as its new chief technology officer last week.