• BoiseDev reports on how Albertsons "is quietly working on a new technology it calls Scan & Pay. The project uses a mobile app that allows customers to grab goods in the store, scan barcodes on a special mobile app, pay using the app — and leave. On the way out the door, customers show their phone receipt to an Albertsons employee."
The company says that the technology will first be tested at two stores in the Boise area.
The story notes that "the Scan & Pay technology harkens back to an earlier test by Albertsons, known as Shop ‘n’ Scan. Fifteen years ago, Albertsons piloted a test in Boise that allowed customers to use a custom handheld scanner as they roamed the aisles of the store. Similar to the new product, shoppers would scan the barcodes on items with the scanner. They would then visit the self-checkout area where an employee would do an audit of the scanning process and customers would pay at a kiosk.
"Shop ‘n’ Scan later rolled out widely in the Dallas Fort-Worth area in 2004. The company later mothballed the project. Now, with 15 years of additional technological advancement – and a combo scanner/payment device in every pocket, the company appears poised to try again."
• Marketplace reports that Amazon "could soon be the home of NFL’s Sunday Ticket package.
"The e-commerce giant is being labeled as the 'front-runner' to acquire the NFL’s Sunday Ticket broadcast rights when the current deal expires in 2022."
The story notes that "Sunday NFL Ticket allows fans to watch any NFL game, regardless of their location. Only certain NFL games are available to watch on linear television, and fans who want to see every game must pay extra through DirectTV," which currently holds the rights. "DirecTV has paid about $1.5 billion per year for 'Sunday Ticket' for the past seven seasons … and the NFL is expected to ask for over $2 billion a year for the package starting next year."