It's a glorious time for shoppers to be iPhone owners with Walmart announcing that they are tripling their iPhone “Scan and Go” program into a dozen new markets spanning from Seattle to Oklahoma— allowing customers to bypass long checkout lines at traditional registers.
The successful pilot program originally launched into 70 stores lets shoppers scan items with their iPhone from around the store and then pay at self-checkout counters.
“Shoppers scan bar codes on items they want to buy, using the Walmart app on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to keep track of the planned purchases and the total cost,” Reuters reported Wednesday morning. “Then they pay at a self-checkout screen, bypassing the typical registers.”
Walmart indicated that for now, “Scan and Go” is available only on Apple iOS devices, but ensured that an Android version will be released in the immediate future — also hinting that digital coupons would be arriving soon.
Early testing for the beta program revealed that more than half of all “Scan and Go” shoppers used the feature again — customers receive an electronic receipt along with a paper one.
“We want our customer feedback to dictate the experience,” Gibu Thomas, senior vice president of mobile and digital at Walmart Global eCommerce, said this week. “You'll see this roll out to more markets.”
The 12 new cities included in the expansion are: Denver, Phoenix, Omaha, Dallas, Austin, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Wyoming, Bozeman, Seattle, San Jose, and Portland.
Customers must first download the free Walmart app to your iPhone before using Scan and Go. Based on the view at some Walmart checkout lines, you might want to grab this app real fast. Thank me later.