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Wal-Mart relaunches mobile payment app in select stores

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is relaunching its smartphone application that enables customers to scan and pay for items without waiting at the cashier counters, The Associated Press reported Aug. 9.

Customers scan their items while in the store, paying through the application and show their receipt in the app to employees on their way out, according to the report.

The Associated Press noted that the application, named Scan & Go, was launched in 2013, but Wal-Mart discontinued its use following customer complaints regarding its complexities.

Wal-Mart rolled out an updated version of the app on pilot basis to select stores in Houston and Orlando, Fla., earlier in 2017, as well as near the company's headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The pilot program is now being expanded to stores in Dallas and Nashville, Tenn. The app has also been available at all of the retailer's Sam's Club stores since October 2016, The Associated Press said.