Transact Campus and Amazon Team on Faster Checkout for College Students

Amazon Just Walk Out

Transact Campus and Amazon have teamed up to create convenient shopping experiences for college students.

With this collaboration, Transact Campus’ mobile credential and payment solutions will be integrated with Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, Transact Campus said in a Tuesday (March 7) press release.

“Together, Transact Mobile Ordering and Just Walk Out technology will create a seamless student experience by eliminating checkout lines and increasing efficiency in transactions,” Laura Newell-McLaughlin, executive vice president and general manager of integrated payments and campus commerce at Transact, said in the release.

PYMNTS research has found that 85% of retail customers considered self-checkout faster than waiting for a cashier, and 60% of shoppers preferred self-checkout to interacting with a human cashier.

Innovating the Retail Checkout Experience,” a PYMNTS and LS Retail collaboration, also found that 66% of retailers are investing more resources to expand convenient payment and checkout options they offer customers.

While improving the shopping experience for students, the new integration will also provide data-driven insights and efficiencies for vendors, according to the press release.

For example, stores will be able to improve their labor efficiency by eliminating checkout lines and will gain better consumer insights from reporting data from across the store and at the shelf, the release said.

“Utilizing Transact Mobile Ordering for store entry and payments unlocks several useful tools for universities and vendors such as stored payment profiles, tender selection, tender discount and taxes, in-app receipts, user segmentation and transaction recovery,” Newell-McLaughlin said in the release.

The announcement comes about seven months after Transact Campus acquired mobile ordering platform Hangry in a move that was said to be part of Transact’s larger plan for growth.

The Hangry platform’s capabilities include food ordering, secure locker integrations for pick-up, delivery, dining hall reservations, dietary filtering and nutrition tracking.

In today’s connected economy, students expect frictionless integration between formerly disparate routines, and campus food service and technology providers are taking note, Transact Campus Vice President of Product Management Erica Bass told PYMNTS in an interview posted in September 2021.

“I look at universities like a smart city, and to have one solution provider that can do your dining, your payments and tuition and dorm access — if you can do all of that within one seamless solution, that is really the push right now,” Bass said at the time.