Retailers Bid Farewell To The Iconic Cash Register

NEW YORK (March 22, 2013)--Stores across the country are retiring their old-fashioned cash registers as clerks and even shoppers ring up sales on smartphones and tablets.

Barneys New York, a luxury retailer, this year plans to use iPads or iPod Touch devices for credit and debit card purchases in seven of its nearly two dozen regular-price stores.

Urban Outfitters, a teen clothing chain, ordered its last traditional register last fall and plans to go completely mobile one day.

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, is testing a "Scan & Go" app that lets customers scan their items as they shop.


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