Sam’s Club Scan & Go is the perfect app for shoppers who hate cashiers

Walmart (the parent company of Sam’s Club) has been testing a service called Shop & Go for several years now. The idea is that you shop normally, scan in items with a barcode app, pay from the app via a credit card/debit card/store payment system, then just walk out the door – no need to go through the cashier’s line at all. Previously the program was limited to only a few hundred stores and it only worked on the iPhone, but it looks like the company is ready to put a more widespread version out for the Sam’s Club bulk retailer stores.

Sam’s Club Shop & Go works just as described above: scan in your items as you shop, pay, then leave with your stuff. You’ll need to show your receipt to the attendant by the door as you leave, but as I recall, that’s standard policy at Sam’s Club anyway. It could save a ton of time, even versus the newer “self check-out” machines.

There seems to be just one hang-up: the app has some kind of location feature where you have to be physically located at a store before it allows you to begin shopping. Early Android users are reporting that the system sometimes can’t locate the user’s position, and thus won’t allow them to shop. If Sam’s Club can work that out, it should make the experience much smoother. A similar app may or may not come for Walmart stores in the future – the larger, rarer Sam’s Club stores would seem like a good testing ground for a bigger program.


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