Mobile technology is changing the way many of us do things including grocery shopping.
These smart phones are at it again and Wal-Mart is on the cutting edge of a new hi-tech app. Now your phone can help you grocery shop and take the pain out of loading and unloading your cart at the checkout.
Forget about the old fashion way of shopping for food items because Wal-Mart has a brand new bag.
Dujuan Carter needed a few items. So he was our app' tester and Wal-Mart Assistant Manager Gilbert Cavasos was his app teacher.
"It was a slow process but we got everything worked out. Its user friendly all you do is download the Wal-Mart app through your app store," said Cavasos. "It's telling you, you are in the store so go head and flip to store mode. Once you are in the store you have to make sure you have the GPS on so it's able to show which you're located so it has all the items that are on file for that store. Click the scan and go beta and we'll be ready to scan an item."
The idea is to save time and as you make your way around the store you will be able to scan and bag items as you go using the phone's camera to shoot the barcode.
"I thought that I was going to have to type in the numbers but it all came in clear and once you get it adjusted correctly it scans immediately," Carter said.
So what about multiple items? Well the app has an answer for that as well.
"So if you're grabbing four cans of corn you can scan the quantity so you don't have to scan each can," said Cavasos.
"I was skeptical like everyone else is gonna be it seemed very easy to delete an item and add on another item," Carter said.
When it's check out time your goods are already bagged and a running total has been kept. You use your phone to shoot the digit code. Item by item is shown on the screen.
"Now we're done we're going to hit finish pay," Cavasos said.
When the transactions done, your receipt is in your phone. Carter was sold.
"I will definitely use it to be in and out of the story yes definitely. You know us men don't like shopping," Carter said as he laughed.
So how about the issue of bagging stuff and not paying for it? Wal-Mart is working on the honor system for customers. But they will do random in-store audits of your basket to see if any is shoplifting.
The Wal-Mart of Mo-Pac and Lamar will have a store customer demo Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You'll have help downloading the app and learning how to use it.
Austin, Plano and cities in Oklahoma and Arizona are test markets for the scan and go app.