US retailer Walmart is trialling a new system called “Scan & Go” which allows consumers to scan product barcodes with an iPhone app, before paying for them at a self-checkout counter.
The discount retail chain estimates it currently spends around $US12 million per second on checkout staff wages across it US stores, citing the new technology as a possible way to cut costs.
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The company cites reduced checkout waiting times and increased consumer convenience as other potential benefits of the technology.
The trial comes after Casio announced an Android tablet-based point of sale system in March.