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Walmart launches ‘Check Out With Me’ for on-the-spot checkouts in hundreds of U.S. stores


Walmart announced on Thursday it’s beginning to test new technology that arms store staff with mobile devices for checking out customers from the floor. The devices will first be put into use in Walmart’s “Lawn & Garden Centers” in over 350 U.S. stores, where there’s the most need for a mobile checkout experience like this.

Before, customers shopping for items like mulch, soil or flowers may have had to go inside the physical store to pay for their Lawn & Garden purchases, which was often challenging due to the size and weight of these items. Now, th aey’ll be able to pay on the spot with store staff’s help.

The new service, which Walmart is calling “Check Out With Me,” involves store employees wearing a small carrying case equipped with a Bluetooth receipt printer. Their cellular device works as the barcode scanner and the credit card swiper for the transactions.

Staff assists the customers by scanning large items – like bags of mulch – while it’s still on the shelf, so customers don’t have to load heavy carts and push them through the store. They can just carry them straight to their car parked nearby.