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The Motley Fool: Walmart Has an Answer for Amazon Go

Read the full Motley Fool article  Anyone who's done any holiday shopping knows that long checkout lines are one of the most frustrating parts of the experience. Walmart (NYSE:WMT) is well aware that this is a pain point for customers and has pledged in past years to keep all of its checkout lanes open in order to cut wait times as much as possible.However, this year, the retail giant is upping its game. In the spring, Walmart introduced a pilot program called Check Out with Me, which allows customers to check out and get a receipt from associates stationed in the aisles, rather than waiting in line at a checkout counter. After testing this program in its Lawn & Garden...

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NBC: Soon you'll be able to check out at Walmart without going to the register

Walmart’s new online shopping offers coincide with Target’s new shipping offers. Last week the Minneapolis-based retailer unveiled a new promotion that offers free two-day shipping on most of its items with no minimum purchase necessary. Amazon is also getting in on the shipping battle, offering its Prime members free one-day shipping on a number of its items, with a minimum purchase of $35.Retail analysts say offering consumers an enhanced online shopping experience is key, as more consumers than ever before are expected to shop online this holiday season.“We’re seeing shoppers go online more and more,” said Hitha Herzog, a retail analyst for H Squared Research. “That whole in-store shopping experience is dwindling.”Online shopping is expected to grow 20 percent this...

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TechCrunch: Walmart and Target embrace in-store mobile checkout for the holidays

Read the full TechCrunch Article  Two of the U.S.’s largest brick-and-mortar retailers, Walmart and Target, are launching new mobile checkout systems in their stores to accommodate the influx of shoppers expected during the 2018 holiday season. Walmart says it’s expanding its “Check Out With Me” service to every Supercenter by Black Friday, while Target’s recently launched “Skip the Line” mobile checkout service is available nationwide and will have extra staff throughout the store during the busier shopping days.Walmart first began testing Check Out With Me in April this year across hundreds of U.S. stores.The system involves store staff wearing a small carrying case equipped with a Bluetooth receipt printer, and a cellular device that works as both a barcode scanner...

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Business Insider: Walmart is eliminating the most dreaded part of holiday shopping

Read the full Business Insider Article   Walmart wants to help shoppers avoid long checkout lines this holiday season.For the first time, the company is giving employees in the busiest sections of its stores the power to use mobile devices to process shoppers' purchases.These employees will be able to swipe customers' credit or debit cards and provide paper receipts using Bluetooth printers strapped to their waists. It's meant to allow shoppers purchasing a few items to bypass long lines at registers.Walmart started testing the service, called Check Out With Me, in the lawn and garden departments of 350 stores earlier this year. Walmart is also touting its newly updated website, which it says now features more curated content and an...

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Yahoo Finance: Walmart's clever plan to keep checkout lines moving during the holiday season

Read the full Yahoo Finance article With Halloween about to wrap up this week, Walmart (WMT) is already looking forward to December and what its executives expect to be its “best holiday season yet.”The world’s largest retailer is rolling out some new initiatives with the goal of getting customers in-and-out of the store faster during the holiday rush.New in stores starting November 1 will be the “Check Out With Me” service, where associates will be positioned with handheld devices in some of the heaviest trafficked areas of the store, like the garden center or electronics department, allowing customers to purchase items in that department so they can bypass long lines at the register.“The idea is we are not going to...

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