What HappenedWalmart and its big-box warehouse subsidiary Sam’s Club accused BJ’s of using the technology in its contactless offering ExpressPay, launched last year.
“Express Pay is an apparent copy of Sam’s Club’s Scan & Go, merely changing the in-app colors and changing the name from Scan & Go to Express Pay,” the lawsuit said, as per the report.
Why It MattersThe “Scan & Go” app feature allows Sam’s Club customers to make purchases on their smartphones and bypass the traditional checkout line while shopping in-store.
Warehouse club operators like Sam’s Club and BJ’s have seen strong growth in sales amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The “Scan & Go” feature became popular as social distancing rules were adopted due to the pandemic.
In February, Walmart reported better-than-expected earnings results for the fourth quarter.