This article is based on corporate postings and accredited media reports. Linked information within this article is attributed to the following outlets: ScrapeHero.com, Corporate.Walmart.com and ABQJournal.com.
Three major New Mexico Walmart locations are losing their self-checkout lanes in favor of returning to full-service checkouts.
It should be noted, however, no plans in this regard have (yet) been finalized for other New Mexico locations, or elsewhere nationally.
Firstly, for perspective per ScrapeHero.com: There are 4,630 Walmart stores in the United States as of September 18, 2023. The state with the most number of Walmart locations in the US is Texas, with 514 stores, which is about 11% of all Walmart stores in the US.
Let us explore.
According to a September 28th report from ABQJournal.com, Walmart is pulling self-checkout lanes from at least three stores, requiring shoppers to have an employee ring up their orders.
As excerpted from the report: Two stores in Albuquerque, New Mexico, were recently renovated to replace the checkout lanes, and changes to a third area store are slated to be finished in October, Walmart spokesperson Josh Havens told Insider. The three stores losing self-checkout are at 400 Eubank NE, 2701 Carlisle NE, and 2266 Wyoming NE, the Albuquerque Journal.
The return to full-service checkout lanes appears to be a response to ongoing shoplifting concerns, acts of which have reportedly increased since the rise of self-checkout.
This is a developing story. In the event of further updates regarding this matter, I will share them here on NewsBreak.
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