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Sam’s Club Announces Plan To Implement AI Shopping Cart Scanners

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Sam’s Club Announces Plan To Implement AI Shopping Cart Scanners
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Sam’s Club Announces Plan To Implement AI Shopping Cart Scanners

Source: The New York Times

The Walmart-owned warehouse club – Sam’s Club has moved to redefine the retail industry. The retail giant announced its ambitious plan to implement AI-powered shopping cart scanners across its stores. This innovative technology promises to transform the shopping experience for customers and streamline operations.

No More Physical Receipts

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Now, the store is innovating a technology that allows customers to exit the store seamlessly without pausing for receipt checks. Instead, the A.I. technology fixed within the shopping carts will automatically detect and register the items as customers leave.
“Eliminating even the few seconds it takes to scan a receipt at the exit door is well worth it,” Sam’s Club U.S.’s chief merchant, Megan Crozier, said in the company’s presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The System Has Been Tried and Tested

Source: USA Today

The technology is currently operating in 10 stores and will dominate nearly 600 US warehouses by the end of the year. Receiving checks is nothing unusual for regular shoppers at warehouse clubs like Sam’s and Costco. 
However, these receipt checks can be a hassle, especially during peak hours when exit lines are congested. But with his technology, customers will have a more pleasant shopping experience.

No More Hassle for Shoppers

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During the presentation in Las Vegas, Walmart captivated the audience with a video demonstration showing the innovative technology in action. The video displayed two versions of the same shopper scenario.
It highlighted the contrast between a tech-savvy shopper and her less digitally inclined counterpart. One shopper used the innovative A.I. system or the mobile app, while the other didn’t.

The Same Shopping Experience, Yet Faster

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The tech-savvy approach allowed customers to scan items, make digital purchases, and exit the store without the receipt check. As the customer left the store, the less tech-savvy said, “Wait, you have to show your receipt.” 
Instead, the tech-savvy customer passed through a large blue gateway to scan her items. The gateway utilizes cameras and sensors to capture images of the shopper’s cart.

The Gateway Will Be Optimized

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It will also identify individual items and verify purchases instantly. “It’s one thing to enable this easy kind of exit tech in a small-footprint store for a handful of items,” Crozier said while throwing shade at competitors’ tech, such as Amazon’s Just Walk Out. 
“You’ve all seen it: You can get an apple, a cheese stick, maybe something as big as a box of cereal, but we’re doing it at scale,” he added.

Happy Customers, Happy Shopping!

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Chris Nicholas, CEO of Sam’s Club, explained that the new system is part of its efforts to improve consumers’ shopping experiences.
“We are constantly looking at ways for Sam’s Club to be the most convenient membership club and will continue to prioritize using technology to provide a truly differentiated and delightful experience for our members,” he said. 

There Are Other Apps

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Other technological innovations, such as the in-app scan-and-pay feature, have debuted in Walmart stores. These were implemented after successful testing and practice with Sam’s Club shoppers. 
Given the track record of innovations from Sam’s Club to Walmart, there’s a strong possibility that this latest innovation will follow the same path.

Generative A.I. Search

Source: E-Commerce Times

Another innovation by the retail giant Walmart is the  Generative A.I. Search. GenAI allows customers to search by specific use cases and get diverse results across categories. 
For example, a simple search like “football watch party” will bring up all the items needed, saving time and hassle from multiple searches. Essentially, it simplifies the process into one easy search.

How Much Does the Investment Cost?

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A company spokesperson emailed Retail Dive to say that the technology was developed by in-house Sam’s Club engineers. 
The exit technology is being tested at nine locations in the Dallas metro area and one store in Joplin, Missouri. However, the company refused to disclose the total cost of the investment. 

Drone Delivery Services

Source: USA Today

Walmart announced this week that it plans to make drone delivery services available to 75% of the Dallas-Fort Worth region. This would extend to approximately 1.8 million more households across 30 towns and municipalities. 
This expansion will establish Walmart as the U.S. retailer with the most extensive drone delivery coverage. Drone companies Wing and Zipline will manage the deliveries.

Sam’s Club is Changing the Game

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Walmart-owned Sam’s Club constantly pushes the boundaries of what’s possible and redefines customer experiences. The company is providing customers with more options and flexibility in shopping. 
Whether it’s ordering online for home delivery or picking up in-store, these retailers continue to meet customers’ evolving needs in today’s digital age.