The big box retailer hopes to further streamline the shopping experience by offering customers mobile checkout that uses machine learning to identify items, eliminating barcode scanning altogether

Sam's Club, American discount retailer owned by Walmart, is testing out a new mobile checkout feature for its stores. The Scan & Go technology is an updated version of Sam's Club's two-year-old model, which required customers to scan a bar code through their mobile app to check out.

The updated system will no longer require any scanning, and will instead use machine learning and computer vision to recognize the product and ring it up in shoppers' app, enabling checkout-free journeys. With this new Scan & Go system in place, depending on how shoppers respond to the mobile tech, the checkout system will be fully self-sufficient and streamlined, letting customers shop and check out completely on their phones.

Demonstrations of the new system compared to the old have shown that Scan & Go reduces scanning time on one item by a third. A Dallas test store will pilot the reception and effectiveness of the system before it is integrated into the retailer's mobile checkout nationwide.

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Sam's Club, American discount retailer owned by Walmart, is testing out a new mobile checkout feature for its stores. The Scan & Go technology is an updated version of Sam's Club's two-year-old model, which required customers to scan a bar code through their mobile app to check out.

The updated system will no longer require any scanning, and will instead use machine learning and computer vision to recognize the product and ring it up in shoppers' app, enabling checkout-free journeys. With this new Scan & Go system in place, depending on how shoppers respond to the mobile tech, the checkout system will be fully self-sufficient and streamlined, letting customers shop and check out completely on their phones.