Walmart is testing one of its stores in Fayetteville, Arkansas, that will have no cashiers and will only offer self-checkout machines.
The big-box retailer is removing conveyor belt lines and machines at Walmart Supercenter Store #359 in Fayetteville to see if checkout times are faster while limiting human interaction during the coronavirus pandemic.
Walmart says there will still be employees on hand to assist customers who need help checking out, but the goal is to speed up the checkout process with less human interaction, according to a Walmart spokesperson.
Walmart could expand the program to more stores if the test run is successful.
The development comes weeks after the retailer launched a touch-free payment system called Walmart Pay aimed at halting the spread of the coronavirus:
Walmart Pay touch-free payment is easier than ever. Download our app today, register for Walmart Pay, and head to the store with peace of mind. Plus, earn 5% back when you use your Capital One Walmart Rewards Card with Walmart Pay for the first 12 months after approval. pic.twitter.com/hS7YrwS54T
— Walmart (@Walmart) May 13, 2020
In April, health officials closed one Walmart store located in the suburbs of Denver when three people connected with the store died after coming down with the coronavirus and six people were infected with the virus.