Is Walmart Raising The Stakes For Cashier-Free Shopping?

Walmart is taking its war with Amazon to the store experience by testing cashier-free technology designed to rival Amazon Go, according to a report from Recode.

Store No. 8, Walmart’s startup incubator, is developing a technology-heavy store experience dubbed “Project Kepler,” that uses computer vision and cashier-free checkout similar to the “Just Walk Out” technology. Mike Hanrahan, Co-Founder and former CTO of Jet.com, is leading the test project out of Hoboken, N.J.

Walmart hasn’t revealed any specifics of the technology, but the retailer may deploy it in new types of store formats rather than existing stores.

The Amazon Go concept uses a combination of sensors and cameras to track what each store shopper takes off of shelves, so they can be automatically billed for their purchase (via the Amazon app) without having to stop to pay on the way out. The pilot store, open only to Amazon employees, has been operating near the retailer’s Seattle headquarters since December 2016. Its public launch has been severely delayed, however, with reports that…