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Soon, Walmart shoppers at more than 200 stores will be able to use their iPhones to scan their items and pay for them at self-checkout counters – as the retail giant expands its Scan & Go pilot programme. (Nice one, Tim)
Using Scan & Go, customers can scan barcodes while they’re shopping – and the app keeps track of their planned purchases as well as the total cost. Customers then take their shopping to a self-checkout lane where they pay for their purchases, instead of going through a traditional register. The new system should make shopping a more streamlined and efficient experience – so look out for scanners in Walmart stores near you!
QThru is a mobile-enabled technology that allows shoppers to skip the checkout lanes by using their smartphones to shop, scan and pay. (Cheers Jamie)
Shoppers can view in-store specials, get product details such as nutritional information, view their personally-created shopping list and access a running total of their spending so far. To complete the checkout process, shoppers simply enter a passcode and scan a QR code at a checkout kiosk, which then generates a receipt that’s highlighted in a different colour for review by a store employee at the door. Simple. In theory, anyway!
Online shopping is often a frustrating experience, as explored in these three hilarious videos produced by Google Analytics (Cheers, Zoe). The videos demonstrate how ‘missteps on the digital shelf’, e.g. landing page optimisation and data capture, would look in real life. While we accept these challenges online, they would drive us mad if they happened while we shopped – as demonstrated below, with amusing consequences!
A tiny vending machine, designed to dispense healthy snacks for toddlers, has been launched by food brand Ella’s Kitchen. Standing 115 cm tall, with ‘bespoke features’ to help little hands access their own nutritious treats, the dispenser was designed with the average 1-year-old (and their parents) in mind.
Ella’s Kitchen decided to create the dispenser after a study revealed that 82% of Brit parents struggle to find healthy foods for their little ones on the move. This spurred them on to provide a more natural alternative – and the tiny, healthy vending machine was born.
OwnFone is a light, low-cost mobile phone. You design your handset online, choose the colour scheme and pre-set it with a number of phone numbers. When you want to call someone, you simply need to press their name – making this the ideal handset for young people.
Once you’ve designed your phone (much like your Nike iDs) it’s delivered to you, ready-to-use, straight out of the box. There’s no manual to read or set-up to do. Just take it out, turn it on and press the person you want to speak to. Simple.