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Are any alternative in-store payments about to break out?

January 3, 2023


After ramping up efforts to reduce friction in the online shopping experience over the pandemic, retailers are now reportedly focusing their investments on the in-store payment process.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article:

  • Halfords, the UK-based retailer of auto parts and bicycles, is exploring a technology that uses sound waves to enable digital payments via a customers’ mobile device.
  • Kroger is testing smart shopping carts that enable customers to avoid the traditional checkout line, as well as exploring installing checkouts in individual aisles.
  • Nordstrom is investigating payment via mobile phone.

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