It's Rochester. Anything change could happen to any business at any time!

I don't know about you, but I've noticed that national chains aren't immune to this "trend" of change for businesses in our area either. That's not necessarily bad news though; this news, from Walmart, might be a welcomed change.

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AOL reports, "Walmart is rolling out a new technology in its stores that enables shoppers to scan and pay for their items without checkout lanes, registers, or cashiers. [...] Shoppers download Walmart's "Scan & Go" app, then scan the barcodes of the items they wish to purchase."

This trial/change has already been tested in Texas, Florida, South Dakota, Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky in hopes of beating a similar idea from Amazon.

If you don't have a smartphone, you can use take advantage of "no checkout lanes" too. AOL explains, "For shoppers without smartphones, the retailer provides hand-held scanners. The stores also have options for customers who don't want to link up a credit card to their Scan & Go accounts. Those customers can simply click "finish" on the app, then report to a self-checkout register where they will scan a barcode for their total purchase and pay for their goods."

After reading this article, I had to wonder if both Walmart locations in Rochester would follow suit. They've already rolled out this technology before, but held back. Based on the pace that Walmart is rolling out their new technology this time around, I wouldn't be surprised if we saw change in these stores within the next two years.

Would you be open to that?

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