NEW YORK (AP) — A growing number of retailers are rethinking the iconic cash register as shoppers, armed with smartphones and tablets, are demanding speedier service.
Here's a look at how some major chains are responding to the changing shopping landscape:
— Barneys New York, luxury retailer, plans to use iPads or iPod Touch devices for credit and debit card purchases in seven of its nearly two dozen stores this year.
—Coach Inc., the upscale handbag maker, is using mobile checkout at half of its 189 factory outlet stores. The company is also testing them in a handful of its 350 regular stores.
— David's Bridal, which operates 300 stores across the country, says that starting with 2015 all new stores it will build will not have any cash registers. It's in the midst of figuring out which mobile checkout technology to use and plans to start rolling out a mobile plan later this year.
— J.C. Penney Co., a mid-priced department store chain, started rolling out iPod Touch devices late last year in its 1,100 stores. The goal is to have one in the hands of every salesperson by May. Penney says a quarter of purchases at its stores nationwide now come from an iPod Touch.