Walmart Is Going Full Self Check Out in 2021?
If you haven't seen or heard the news yet, the big debate online is all about Walmart and the possibility that they'll be going full self checkout or "Scan & Go" by the end of 2021. That's right, there could be a time and real soon that you go to Walmart and there's no cashiers or manned checkout lanes anymore. The rumor is maybe as soon as April of this year, however no official word has come down from Walmart quite yet.
Right now the debate, more like argument, is pretty evenly split. Some could care less and have no problem with self check out only. Others are very upset and prefer to have cashiers ring them up and bag their groceries. Even going so far as to say they'd never shop at Walmart again if they did away with cashiers. Myself I use a little bit of everything depending on what I'm buying, how much I'm buying and how big a hurry I'm in. I think most people are the same. Sometimes I self checkout, other times I'll go through the regular checkout line with a cashier and a lot of times I'll do pick up or delivery.
Walmart has been testing out cashier-less stores to see just how it works and how the general public likes, or dislikes it. A Walmart Superstore in Fayetteville, Arkansas was the first to try it out and at this time they'll still testing it. Sure it would save Walmart some money, but the primary reason given for the change is to speed up checkout times, give customers more choice and control over their shopping experience and to reduce traffic and human contact during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Along with testing out self checkout only stores, Walmart has also brought back "Scan & Go." They tried it a few years ago and it just didn't work out, but times and technology have changed since then and the new and improved Scan & Go is working pretty well. Basically you use the Walmart app, shop in store and use your phone to checkout. There's lots of different options for shopping and checking out at Walmart. With the pandemic more and more people are using pick up and delivery which is super convenient and super easy.
So what do you think about the possibility of Walmart doing away with manned checkout lanes and cashiers? Take the poll and let us know your thoughts.
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