Army Store and Goodwill stores in the U.S. have been using Amazon gift cards to pay for their purchases for months.
Now, they’ve launched an alternative: a cashless checkout option.
Amazon gift cards are redeemable online at many retailers like Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and Costco.
But some customers have complained that Amazon’s cashless payment method, known as Touch ID, doesn’t always work.
In January, a study by researchers at Cornell University found that customers were more likely to buy products that weren’t actually on the shelves when they were able to swipe their card instead of going through the checkout process.
The solution is simple: the Army Store, which has been around for more than three decades, is offering a cashier-less checkout system, called The Store.
Instead of swiping your card at the cashier, you simply put your card through the scanner and the card is charged.
The store has been open in downtown Detroit for about two weeks.
As of Wednesday, more than 400 customers had already used the cashless system, and the store has sold out of gift cards in less than a week, the company said in a statement.
It also announced it will roll out a cashback program for existing customers starting Monday, which is free for existing purchases.
The store’s online store will still accept cash.
The Army Store’s cashback offers have also been embraced by other retailers.
Macy’s has also started accepting cash.
Walmart is also using the cashback service, which it plans to roll out in stores across the U, including some in cities with a history of racial tensions.
“We are excited to bring Amazon gift card payments to stores that have been struggling for years,” said Matt O’Malley, the store’s vice president of retail strategy.
“The Army store has helped us to get back to our core customer base of loyal shoppers.”