Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Walmart is Testing a Cashierless Sam's Club (WMT)

From SlashGear, Oct. 29:

Walmart’s Amazon Go rival is a cashierless Sam’s Club store
The Walmart and Amazon rivalry continues, this time involving plans to launch another type of futuristic store. Walmart is transforming one of its Sam’s Club locations in Dallas, Texas, into a tech-filled warehouse store where customers have a “mobile-first experience.” How does that work? It’ll involve a new type of storage associate that Sam’s Club calls “the concierge of the club,” as well as a mobile app.

The new type of store is called Sam’s Club Now and the first of its kind will be opening in Dallas. Customers will need a smartphone and the Sam’s Club Now app, the combination of which will provide direct access to things like smart shopping lists, navigation within the store, augmented reality, and the ability to order items for one-hour pickup.
The company details Sam’s Club Now in a way that makes it sound like a work-in-progress. This effort will include testing electronic shelf labels that present instant price and product changes. In the future, Sam’s Club Now stores will also feature more than 700 cameras for inventory management and layout optimization....MORE