Free App Aims to Speed Up Checkout at Wal-Mart

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Wal-Mart is expanding its mobile app to enable customers to pay via smartphone. Learn more about "Walmart Pay."

Wal-Mart is expanding its mobile app to enable customers to pay via smartphone.

This new feature, called “Walmart Pay,” is designed to improve the checkout process and expand mobile payment options.

A company news release issued today explains:

Walmart Pay is like no other mobile payments solution available today.

With this launch, Walmart becomes the only retailer to offer its own payment solution that works with any iOS or Android device, at any checkout lane, and with any major credit, debit, pre-paid or Walmart gift card –- all through the Walmart mobile app.

The feature also allows for the integration of other mobile wallets in the future.

Reuters reports that Walmart Pay is being introduced in select stores today and will be launched nationally during the first half of 2016.

Checking out via Walmart Pay is a three-step process, according to the release:

  1. Open: Visit any register, open the Walmart app and choose Walmart Pay. Activate the camera.
  2. Scan: At any time during checkout, simply scan the code displayed at the register. Walmart Pay is now connected.
  3. Done: The sales associate scans and bags the items … and it’s done. An e-receipt will be sent to the app and can be viewed at any time.

Before you jump into the checkout line, though, be sure to check out “8 Simple Steps to Avoid Getting Burned by New Apps.”

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