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March 24, 2022

On the web

Walmart Sues BJ’s Wholesale Claiming It Stole Self-checkout Technology


Walmart and its big-box warehouse subsidiary Sam’s Club accused rival retailer BJ’s Wholesale Club in a lawsuit filed Tuesday of stealing technology that powers a popular self-checkout option in the Sam’s Club mobile app. The suit, filed in federal court, claims Walmart worked for years to develop Scan & Go, a feature that lets Sam’s Club customers ring up purchases on their smartphones while walking through the store, allowing them to avoid a checkout line.”

August 20, 2019

On the web

7-Eleven Brings Mobile Self-checkout to New York Stores

NFC World

“To use the service, customers first need to download the latest version of the retailer’s app. When shopping at a participating 7-Eleven store, they open the app, tap ‘Get Started’ and then scan the barcode on the items they select to add them to their basket. When they have completed their shopping, they check out on their mobile phone. Once payment has been made, a QR code is displayed in the app that they scan at a confirmation station to confirm they have paid for their purchases.”

July 25, 2019

On the web

Amazon Plans 3 New Go Stores In 2 Cities


Amazon Go will be expanding its presence in Chicago and Seattle with three new stores, although no opening dates for the locations have been announced. The retailer’s newest Seattle location will be in a high-rise apartment complex in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, while the two Chicago locations will be in downtown office buildings. The stores are on the smaller size for the format: the new locations range from 930 square feet to 1,425 square feet, contrasting with the typical 1,200- to 2,400-square-foot size.”

February 22, 2019

On the web

Can Cashierless Checkout Scale Up Without Breaking The Bank? – Retail TouchPoints

Retail Touch Points

“The rise of Amazon Go has put the spotlight on cashierless checkout technology over the past year, but retailers could face real dilemmas as they seek to implement and scale up these solutions. Consumers are intrigued by the technology and appreciate anything that removes friction from the in-store checkout process, but cashierless checkout has so far been largely limited to the convenience and grocery verticals. Additionally, the solutions’ current cost structure, as well as the overall disruption they bring to store operations, remain big challenges.”

January 24, 2019

On the web

Amazon Go, One Year Old, Has Attracted a Host of Cashierless Imitators


“A year ago, the e-commerce giant opened a cashierless convenience store called Amazon Go, marking its biggest effort yet to change the way people shop in the physical world. Today a fleet of companies are working to replicate elements of Go or invent other ways of streamlining store operations. Many are startups like Mighty AI, but established giants are wading in, too. Walmart has been testing Go-style technology, and Kroger and Microsoft recently announced a joint venture to bring elements of the e-commerce shopping experience to the grocery store.”

January 9, 2019

On the web

Europe electronics retailer deploying mobile self-checkout

Mobile Payments Today

“MediaMarketSaturn, the largest consumer electronics retailer in Europe, is using MishiPay’s mobile self-checkout technology in its Hamburg store. The “scan, pay, leave” service lets consumers use smartphones to scan and pay for more than 100,000 products without having to get in a check-out line, according to a press release.”

November 6, 2018

On the wires

NCR Acquires StopLift, Gains Powerful Anti-Theft Solution for Self-Checkout

“Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., StopLift has developed Artificial Intelligence capabilities that visually determine what occurs during each transaction to distinguish between legitimate and fraudulent behavior at the checkout. Most notably, StopLift’s technology detects scan-avoidance and flags unscanned, unpaid merchandise at the checkout. Examples include passing items around the scanner, leaving unscanned items in the shopping cart, and covering up the barcode while scanning.”

October 2, 2018

On the web

Wouldn’t it be better if self-checkout just died?


“Self-checkout is frustrating in ways too diverse to name — the scanning mistakes, the messed-up barcodes, the odd rules. California state law changed in 2013, forbidding the sale of alcohol at self-checkouts, even those that stop the transaction and prompt an ID check by a store employee.”

October 1, 2018

On the wires

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