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Reuters reports that Walmart "is tripling the number of U.S. stores in a pilot program that lets shoppers scan items with their iPhones and pay at self-checkout counters. Walmart's 'Scan & Go' program will soon be in more than 200 stores, up from about 70. The pilot began near its home office in Bentonville, Arkansas in late 2012, then expanded to Atlanta." The program will now be in a dozen more markets: Denver, Colorado; Phoenix, Arizona; Omaha, Nebraska; Dallas and Austin, Texas; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Wyoming; Bozeman, Montana; Seattle, Washington; San Jose, California; and Portland, Oregon.

"While the program is tripling in size," the story says, "for now it will be in only a small fraction of Walmart's more than 4,000 U.S. stores." Walmart says that more than half the people who have tried "Scan & Go" have used it more than once.
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