Mobile and self-checkout converge into a speedy, automated experience

In the future, you might be do your grocery shopping without fumbling over self-check registers or waiting at a long line. Diebold, a financial innovations firm, will present the concept for a mobile, scan-as-you-shop, self-checkout process at the National Retail Federation’s “BIG” show in New York City this week.

Here’s how it works: scan each item you want to add to your cart using a smartphone app. Tap out and pay at a self-checkout unit before you exit the store. Pay using cash at the terminal, or use other saved payment information from your mobile wallet or through a retailer app. Pick up your receipt, and maybe some cash back (the checkout terminal can also function as an ATM).

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