7-Eleven announced today that it’s installing scan-and-go technology in 14 Dallas-based stores this week, according to Digiday. The technology will allow customers to scan the barcodes of items they want to buy and then pay through their phone, either with a card, Apple Pay, or Google Pay.
Customers will need the 7-Eleven rewards app to complete the transaction. People will have to then scan a QR code on their way out of the store to confirm payment. The entire purchasing process is done through the 7-Eleven rewards app, which will determine when customers are within range of an equipped store and will load the feature automatically.
These stores won’t be completely cashier-less, however: employees will still need to handle hot food and alcohol, which requires presenting your ID. The company plans to expand the service beyond Dallas in 2019, according to TechCrunch. Still, it’s clear that 7-Eleven is thinking about how to compete with Amazon and its Go Stores that are designed to be cashier-less. It’s all happening fairly quickly, so get used to seeing this type of technology everywhere soon.