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Walmart wants you to be your own cashier, and it’s using smartphones to make it happen: the company has tripled the size of its Scan & Go pilot program, which allows shoppers to check out without interacting with a store employee. Using Walmart’s mobile app, customers can photograph product barcodes — effectively scanning in their own purchase — and then pay for their order at a self-checkout station. The option is currently only available on iOS devices, but a company representative told The Verge that it should make its way to Android soon.
Walmart has actually discovered itself struggling in recent years as stores like Amazon continue to entice consumers from brick-and-mortar shopping. Nevertheless, a new report from Fast Company information exactly how the business is altering with the moments with investments into new modern technologies and fresh talent. From the acquisition of social media company Kosmix– which lead to the production of @ WalmartLabs, one of the company’s research divisions– to new projects in the mobile room, Walmart has actually substantially altered the means it operates over the last many years. Head to the source to see how two guys went from producing Amazon’s Marketplace to spearheading Walmart’s push into the digital age.
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DreamWorks Animation has signed up with Walmart’s VUDU-powered disc to digital service. From today, you can take any of the studio’s movies (such as Shrek or Kung-Fu Panda) and have them converted to standard quality video for $ 2 or a HD version for $ 5. There’s no word on if DreamWorks proper would sign up, but given the complex nature of its ownership, we won’t hold our breath.
Wait, Vizio’s concocting a tablet? For those with chronic short-term memory loss, you may have forgotten that America’s so-called low-cost TV leader branched out a bit during this year’s Super Bowl, but it’s been dead quiet on the tablet front ever since dropping the Via and sticking with Tablet. Looks like that’s about to change, though — a courteous tipster handed off the screenshot you see above, highlighting the appearance of a ‘VTAB1008′ within Walmart’s inventory system. The device was just added a couple of weeks ago, and while we’re still no closer to knowing if Vizio’s done the right thing and settled on Honeycomb, we do know that it’ll be pricing this thing competitively. How competitively? $ 349… competitively. We’ll keep you abreast of any release dates we see, but for now, catch up by having a gander at our preview video from a few months back.
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