Sunday, 18 November, 2018

7-Eleven cashierless checkout testing begins in 14 Dallas stores

7-Eleven to pilot new Scan & Pay mobile checkout feature 7-Eleven is testing a ‘scan and go’ mobile checkout system
Sandy Mccarthy | 07 November, 2018, 21:09

Once inside an eligible store, a "Start scanning" option will appear in the app.

"Frictionless experiences are the future, and digital payments are key to such experiences", said Gurmeet Singh, chief digital officer and chief innovation officer at 7-Eleven.

The new Scan & Pay feature will be available to customers at 14 7-Eleven stores in Dallas, Texas, according to Digiday. The new payment feature is added to the 7Rewards loyalty program, which lets customers earn and redeem reward points and coupons.

Cheers! In Dallas you can buy your Slurpee without having to go to the cashier.

"Americans are spending 30 billion hours waiting in line", Singh said in an interview. Ricker's is launching a hybrid version of mobile payments at 58 of its convenience stores in IN while 28 Jiffy Trip locations in Oklahoma and Rapid Refill convenience stores in New England are introducing the Skip mobile checkout app for its customers.

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7-Eleven has a total of 67,000 locations in 17 countries worldwide, including almost 12,000 in North America.

Amazon Go stores, which feature cashier-less shopping, have been opening in various cities.

It had a 28% share of the USA convenience store market a year ago, more than four times the 6% share held by No. 2 Wawa, according to Euromonitor.

With consumers' increasingly on-the-go lifestyles and growing demand for products and services that save them time, convenience stores and other smaller-format stores count among bright spots in the brick-and-mortar sector. The first Amazon Go debuted at the company's Seattle headquarters in 2016 but opened to the public this past January. Most of these respondents only bought one or two items, demonstrating that this "scan-and-go" technology could be helpful for quick trips.

"This is 7-Eleven's play at amplifying convenience", said Catherine Lang, an analyst at Kantar Consulting who researches discount and convenience stores.

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