Sam's joins club with no checkouts

Walmart's Warehouse Chain Tries to Get High-Tech With Test Store

Walmart's Warehouse Chain Tries to Get High-Tech With Test Store

Amazon's cashierless stores are about to get some competition - from Amazon's archrival.

Walmart's retail warehouse club, Sam's Club, is moving ahead with its tests of new automated-store technology. With Amazon Go, customers pick up items off the shelves and walk out the door, and the items are then charged to their Amazon accounts.

To shop the store, customers must download the Sam's Club Now app.

. For one thing, it will be a lot bigger than Amazon Go stores, which are between 1,200 and 2,300 square feet. When it's time to check out, they'll push their cart over to a Sam's Club worker, who will scan a code on their phone.

Shoppers at the Dallas store will need to use a custom Sam's Club Now app.

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Sam's Club is opening a futuristic new store in Dallas, Texas, without registers, checkout lines, or cashiers. "And down the road, we'll use the more than 700 cameras in the club to help us manage inventory in new ways and optimize the layout to make shopping effortless".

The technology might make its way nationwide into Sam's Club's 597 U.S. stores.

Walmart (WMT) said the prototype store will help it "incubate, test and refine technologies to help define the future of retail". Other technologies that will factor into the new store concept, according to Iannone, include computer vision, AR, machine learning, artificial intelligence and robotics. Amazon could have as many as 3,000 such stores open across the U.S.by as early as 2021, and traditional retailers want to be ready to offer the same convenience to technology-savvy shoppers.

In addition to cashier-less technology, Walmart is also working on smart shopping lists, augmented reality item displays and electronic shelf pricing labels that update automatically. "It is now up to six stores in three cities - Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco, with more on the way".

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