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Walmart just got more convenient: The nationwide store added new features to its mobile app (iOS, Android).

The chain is adding an AR scanner to its iOS app to help customers compare products. When a customer scans an item, they'll see similar products, price comparison, and ratings.

"Walmart store shoppers love using our mobile app barcode scanner as a price checker. Our team sees the potential of this product as so much more, though. When a customer launches the scanner, they get a direct connection between the digital and the physical world that their screen and camera lens creates for them," Tim Sears, senior engineering manager, Walmart Labs said in a post on Medium.

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The "Check Out With Me" program will let customers pay for items on-the-spot with Walmart employees stationed throughout the store. So now, if you went to Walmart just to grab batteries or milk, you don't have to deal with a line. Just find an associate, they'll scan your item with a hand-held device, and you're on your way.

NBC said that the feature will extend to all Walmart Supercenters by Black Friday.

The app is also going to help customers find items faster by pinpointing the exact location of an item, down to its place in the aisle.

Walmart also announced plans for free shipping on marketplace items $35 and up, which will launch mid-November. Along with free shipping, customers can return items purchased online to physical store locations.

Free shipping and easier returns will be music to shopper's ears this holiday season.

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Takeaways

  1. Walmart stores are adding a slew of new features to its mobile app in time for the holiday season.
  2. Customers will soon be able to compare products with AR technology, check out almost anywhere in the store, find items faster with the app's help, get free shipping on online orders, and return items easier.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.