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Dollar General Pilots App for Mobile Checkout

Customers at Dollar General stores in Nashville, Tennessee, can now pay for items directly through their smartphones, company CEO Todd Vasos announced in a May earnings call.

Vasos says the app launched in May and will soon expand to include 100 stores in the second quarter of 2018. It is currently being tested at 10 locations in Nashville.

Using the app, shoppers can scan each item they wish to buy. Dollar General coupons will be applied automatically to the customers’ purchases and the app will include a running total for customers. When the shopper has collected everything they need, they will receive a specialized QR code that can be scanned near the checkout to finalize the transaction, according to the app’s listing on Google Play and Apple’s app store.

“As we continue to develop this app, we intent to integrate more functionality to deliver an even more personalized shopping experience,” Vasos says.

The app comes at a time the discount retailer is looking to expand by opening 900 stores in 2018. The company currently operates more than 14,000 retail locations, each of which carry 10,000-12,000 separate SKUs, according to its website.

About Todd Taber

Todd is trends editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. He graduated from Indiana University where he majored in journalism and French. Throughout his career, he has aimed to highlight small businesses and their community value. He joined NRHA in 2017.

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