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    Target, Walmart self-checkout policy changes Wisconsinites should know

    Retailers across Wisconsin have implemented self-checkout lanes at everything from department stores to gas stations. But some of the biggest retailers in the country are now reconsidering the shift and rolling out new policies nationwide on self-checkout lanes.

    Retailers Walmart and Target are making changes to their self-checkout policies nationwide.

    Here’s how those changes could impact Wisconsinites:

    Is Target getting rid of self-checkout in Wisconsin?

    Starting on March 17, Target is rolling out express self-checkout with limits of 10 items or fewer at most of their nearly 2,000 stores nationwide, the company announced Thursday.

    The company is opening more traditional lanes staffed by employees for customers checking out with more than 10 items. Store leaders will have the flexibility to open more lanes staffed with employees and set self-checkout hours for their location. Self-checkout lanes will be available during the busiest shopping times, according to the release.

    “Checking out is one of the most important moment of the Target run, and we know that a fast, easy experience — whether at self-checkout or the lanes staffed by our friendly team members — is critical to getting guests on their way quickly,” according to the release.

    For a list of Target locations in Wisconsin, you can visit their website.

    Is Walmart getting rid of self-checkout in Wisconsin?

    Walmart has not issued a corporate statement on self checkout, but lets stores adjust the use of staffed and self self-checkout lanes, wrote Walmart spokesperson Robert Arrieta in a statement to the Journal Sentinel.

    “From time-to-time, our stores adjust the use of staffed checkouts and self-checkouts. For example, a store might start or end the day with staffed checkouts. As the number of shoppers and associate staffing increases, these stores open self-checkout registers to manage the increased customer flow. This process isn’t new,” Arrieta wrote in a statement to the Journal Sentinel.

    “During these times of limited access, some stores are designating select self-checkout stations for Walmart+ customers using our Scan and Go service and Spark drivers for quicker access and delivery services. This decision is intended to better manage checkout availability,” wrote Arreita.

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    Does Walmart have a self-checkout fee?

    Walmart doesn’t charge customers to use self-checkout lanes, but the new guidelines could limit the self-checkout options to Walmart+ members. According to Walmart, the annual plan for Walmart+ in $98 after trial.

    Where are Walmart locations in Wisconsin?

    There are 82 Supercenters in Wisconsin, 4 Discount Stores, 2 Neighborhood Markets and 10 Sam’s Clubs. The company employs more than 33,000 people with an average wage of $18.76 per hour. There is a directory of Walmart locations in Wisconsin located on the company’s website.

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