Sam's Club offers app that lets shoppers bypass checkout lines

When you shop at Sam's Club, you can skip the checkout lane thanks to new scanning technology.

Sam's Club is rolling out new scanning technology, including in all Maryland stores, that lets shoppers skip the checkout lanes.

Consumers can use the retailer's free Scan & Go mobile app on their smartphones and scan merchandise as they shop, pay from their phones, then show a digital receipt on the way out.

The app also allows users to track spending as they shop.

The feature is being introduced in time for holiday shopping but will be a permanent fixture.

Here's how it works: Android and iPhone users download the app, which includes a digital version of their membership card. While in stores, shoppers scan the UPC codes on items in their cart.

"We understand the holidays can create a major time crunch for our members, so we're using technology to ease the stress of holiday shopping," Rosalind Brewer, president and CEO of Sam's Club, said in the company's announcement.

Sam's, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has a dozen stores in Maryland, including Baltimore area locations on Petrie Way and in Annapolis, Catonsville, Owings Mills, Severn and Timonium.

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