The checkout process has remained unchanged for decades and continues to be a pain point for physical retailers due to long lines and lackluster interactions.
But new technology, like artificial intelligence (AI), as well as scan and go, is changing that.
In fact, such advances in self-checkout services are preparing consumers for a do-it-yourself-type approach when it comes to finalizing transactions at a store, according to Jamie Iannone, CEO of Sam's Club's ecommerce site and executive vice president of membership and technology.
“When you look at shopping and retail, one of the top issues people have is with checkout,” Iannone said. “[Consumers] are walking around with a computer in their pocket, so let them use that computer to complete the transaction.”
It's something that the Walmart-owned store has been doing for a while. Sam's Club members can use the Scan & Go app to scan items in-store and pay for them using their device without having to wait in line.
Meanwhile, Macy's—which hasn't been doing it for that long—recently said it would roll out its own scan-and-go checkout solution at all full-line stores by the end of the year, as well as its Bloomingdale's division later this month at its Soho location in New York. The company first announced plans to launch its scan-and-go technology last year during an earnings call, and first tested the technology at its location in Woodbridge, NJ.
"We think of the Macy’s app as a key we hand to our customers, a key that allows them to unlock an enhanced shopping experience," said Jeff Gennette, chairman and CEO of Macy's, in a statement. "With this powerful tool in hand, we give them the opportunity to engage with us on their terms."