Long checkout lines in stores are one of the most annoying parts of shopping. Especially for people who are a bit impatient by nature. Retailers are trying different things to make the checkout process faster, but not all of them work as planned. Walmart is one of the retailers trying to fix this problem. The company has recently released its Scan & Go Android app that promises to speed up the shopping process.

How does it work, you ask? When you’re shopping in a Walmart store, simply open the app and scan the barcode of each product before you place it in your shopping cart. As you shop, you’ll see the running total of the items in your cart. Once you’ve scanned all the products, simply pay the bill in the app and show the receipt that appears on your phone to the exit greeter on the way out.

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By using the app, you really do save quite a bit of time when shopping at Walmart, especially if the store is crowded. Keep in mind that there is more work involved than usual, as you have to scan all the products yourself.

It looks like Walmart is currently testing the app to see how it works in real life scenarios. That’s probably one of the reasons why you can only use it in one store for now, which is located in Rogers, Arkansas. Hopefully, you’ll eventually be able to use the app in other Walmart stores across the country as well.

If you want to try out the Walmart Scan & Go app, simply click the button below and visit the Google Play Store to download it to your device.

  • That’s kind of brilliant… I’d love it if the supermarkets in my country adopted this, it would make life so much easier. All you’d need is guys at the door to check your receipt and bag your items for you and you’re good to go.

  • PcNerd512

    It’s funny how the Nexus 5 is always used in these pictures.

  • sanilaS siuL

    I’m from Arkansas yay

  • naduh

    Cool. Can you bag items through the app as well? Are you able to scan produce items or items that are priced by weight?

    • MathewSullivan

      No information on this yet, but I would imagine you could. You would just have to enter the weight and barcode manually.

    • clafarge

      The “catch”, at least with the Sam’s Club Scan and Go app, is that things that require special treatment still require a checkout line. Wine, Smokes, and I would GUESS things you have to weigh. I love it… makes my day to walk right out (practically), even after the extra work of self-scanning.

  • Alex Henry

    Imagine waiting for Walmart greeters to verify your purchase at the exit/entrance, while they simultaneously try to deal with shoplifters, people with questions, and then some.

    I like the idea, but unless Walmart nails the logistics of such a program I can see it backfiring on them.

    • Kevin Davis

      You posted exactly what I came here say.

      The greeters are going to be the giant bottleneck in this whole affair.

    • greatestNothing

      It was rocky at first with Sam’s Club scan and go app, the exit people needed to get used to scanning the phone. Now it’s quick and easy. Love it, can’t wait for this to become the norm. Sorry if you’re most employable skill is scanning items and bagging them…

      • Bonedatt

        Yep! I used it today. The greeter was happy to see me with it. She said she was surprised most shoppers weren’t using it.

  • Meng M.

    This is great! I was at CVS yesterday, waiting in a long line and literally thought if they have something like, it would be awesome. Hope it goes nationwide. Hope other retailers copy them too.

  • ctk4949

    Nice!! Google Wallet/Android Pay should implement this for any store. :)

  • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

    Great idea, especially for Walmart. If Walmart closed 100 stores, that would put 30 checkout workers out of a job.

  • Bonedatt

    I haven’t been in a physical store in a minute and was excited when I read about Amazon Go last month. I couldn’t wait for that to become the norm. Well what do you know.. Sam’s Club already had something similar since August of 2016. It’s crazy though that most shoppers at Sam’s Club still wait in line or wait for an available self check out lane to open when they can easily use the scan and go app. Personally, this is self check out on steroids and it’s so convenient. Just pick the item you want, scan the barcode using your phone, it adds item to your cart, delete the item if you change your mind and it recalculates your total items automatically, hit the pay button on your phone when your done, head to the exit, greeter scans the code that tells them the number of items you just paid for, and you’re out the door. No interaction whatsoever with any earthling ☺. I actually enjoy shopping in stores again.

  • Wylin

    so after you grab all of your items, do you just go to the cashier area to an empty checkout to bag your items before leaving or how does that work?