Walmart Bets On Cashierless Tech to Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus
Fayetteville, Arkansas’ Walmart location is testing cashierless technology in a move designed to help improve social distancing and slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. If the technology works as intended, it could also help speed up customers’ visits to the store. While the test is limited to one location for now, Walmart could expand it to more locations in the future.
While it’s ideal to limit human contact during the coronavirus pandemic, large retailers have been hoping to reduce or remove their cashiers for years. Whether this move is truly done in the name of public safety — or if it’s a way to cut costs — isn’t clear.