Two stories about Walmart’s payment options emerged this week and both are about different kinds of accessibility.
The SFGate.com reports that Walmart has settled a lawsuit regarding the placement of credit card payment terminals at cash register aisles. Some individuals in mobility scooters or wheelchairs have had problems accessing the terminals:
“The proposed settlement in federal court in San Francisco is intended to make the point-of-sale machines at Walmart’s more than 200 stores in the state accessible to the more than 300,000 Californians who use wheelchairs or motorized scooters.“
Walmart Scan & Go for Android
Walmart’s mobile payment app, Scan & Go is now available for Android users, according to AndroidPolice.com. The app allows consumers to scan their purchases as they shop and then pay at a self-checkout. Right now the app is in a limited testing stage, but the decision to take the app to a different platform is encouraging.
What Does this Mean for Suppliers?
Offering multiple payment methods, and making them accessible to consumers, is good for business. Since these technologies operate in brick & mortar stores, expanding accessibility encourages brick & mortar shopping by making it more convenient. This benefits suppliers who are relying on in-store sales.
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