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Convenience stores get more convenient

AP, SAN FRANCISCO

However, the US’ biggest retailers are also trying to speed up the shopping process.

Sam’s Club, a warehouse-style club owned by Walmart Inc, opened a test store in Dallas, Texas, that has no cashiers. Instead, shoppers use their smartphones to scan products and pay.

7-Eleven Inc is testing something similar at 14 stores in Dallas.

As cashierless stores become more common, there will likely be more political pressure to ensure that they still offer an option to pay by cash to avoid discriminating against lower-income consumers without bank accounts and credit cards.

For now, Amazon appears to have its eye on smaller stores: Late last year it introduced a 42m2 version of Amazon Go that can be plopped into office buildings or hospitals, like a walk-in vending machine.

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