Self-checkout at brick-and-mortar stores has been a thing for quite a while. But it has required that customers download an app or use the store’s kiosks.
This week, Boston-based e-commerce provider Moltin is launching with clothing retailer Stance what the companies said is the first instance of a retailer offering a self-checkout solution that is entirely web-based.
In this case, CEO Jamus Driscoll told me, a progressive web app on the Stance site utilizes Moltin’s commerce platform, which communicates with Stance’s inventory management, existing payment processing and other backend platforms.
To check out, a customer uses her smartphone to visit the retailer’s website — in this case, go.stance.com — and approves the site’s request to use the phone’s camera. Once approved, the site then asks the user to point the camera at the product’s bar code and click for a purchase, which is paid by the customer’s Apple Pay, Google Pay or credit card account.
On the way out the door, …