By The End Of The Year, Kroger Will Help You Kiss Traditional Check-Out Lines Goodbye

A wise, puppet musical once told me that “Everything in life is only for now.”

Those were the first words that came to mind when I heard the monumental news from Kroger today. By the end of the year, the Ohio-based grocery store will have “Scan, Bag, Go” programs available around the city and state.

“Many of our customers have adopted this convenient new technology and responded favorably to the seamless checkout experience,” said Chris Hjelm, Kroger’s executive vice president and chief information officer, in a statement.

So how does it work?

This new age of grocery shopping has been tested for the past five years in various Cincinnati stores. Using a store scanner or the “Scan, Bag, Go” app on your phone, you can scan your items as you put them in your cart or bags.

For now, you’ll pay for the items at the self-checkout line, but eventually, you’ll be able to pay via the app, which means you can get in and out without stepping foot in a line.

“The installation of Scan, Bag, Go is a collaboration between the Kroger operations and tech teams that allows us to accelerate the adoption of new technologies in our stores,” said Mary Ellen Adcock, Kroger’s group vice president of retail operations, in a statement. “We are always excited to execute innovative ideas that benefit our customers’ shopping experiences.”

By the end of 2018, the new system will be available at several different Kroger stores in various locations, including Atlanta, Columbus, Dallas, Houston, Louisville, and parts of Michigan.

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