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Wal-Mart to Expand Self-Checkout Deployment

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores will be will be installing 10,000 SelfServ checkout lanes inmore than 1,200 locations in the United States during 2013, announced NCR, Duluth, Ga., which is supplying the equipment. 

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Wal-Mart already uses NCR self-checkout lanes to process “millions of items per week,” said NCR. According to a Reuters report in March, about 1,600 of the more than 3,800 U.S. Wal-Mart stores have self-checkout lanes.

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“Our customers are shopping differently than they ever have, and we’re using innovative technologies like self-checkouts to meet their needs,” said Jeff McAllister, senior vice president of innovation, Wal-Mart U.S., in a statement. “Our multiple checkout options give us a unique advantage to provide our customers with the quick, easy and convenient checkout experience they tell us they want.”

Wal-Mart’s plans run counter to steps taken last year by Big Y Foods and Albertsons LLC, which announced they would eliminate self-checkout lanes.

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