I’ve been to countless WMT locations where lines of Walmart shoppers are at least 10-deep, and checking out is a nightmare. But Walmart management thinks it has found a solution: continuing its self-checkout initiative.
In the presentation, WMT noted that it is focusing on “increasing flexibility of check-out process & driving productivity.” And while not all Walmart shoppers will likely use or even like self-checkout, WMT says nearly two-thirds of its U.S. stores will have the self-checkout option by the end of 2013.
Plus, the Walmart Scan & Go app — which can be downloaded on Apple (AAPL) iPhone or Samsung (SSNLF) smartphone — allows users to scan product codes, bag items and then go straight to the self-checkout lane.
That’s just one piece of a larger push to merge the company’s digital and physical presence.