While Walmart and Amazon are both retailers, for a while they both managed to co-exist with each other. However both companies have since expanded their operations where Amazon has started to encroach upon other industries, and Walmart is launching services and features that attempt to match or beat Amazon.
Recently Amazon launched Amazon Go which allows customers to shop and checkout their items without having to line up at a cashier, and now it seems that Walmart is looking to do the same. According to a report from Recode, Walmart is apparently looking to test out cashier-free stores, where customers can fill up their shopping baskets or trollies and leave, with sensors scanning the items as they shop through the store, with the final sum being charged to their account at the end of it.
In addition to a cashier-free store, Recode is also reporting that Walmart is interested in introduce a personal shopping service which could focus on areas like health and beauty, household essentials, and accessories. Note that none of these features have been officially confirmed yet, so do take it with a grain of salt for now. Walmart has since declined to comment on the report.
That being said, this is actually not the first time that Walmart is exploring the idea of incorporating technology into their stores. Just a couple of months ago they started testing using robots to scan the shelves in their stores.
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