I guess it's official, the future is here.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a hot topic for quite some time, with the overall feelings towards the uptick in AI usage all over the map. Recently, one major retailer with locations across the United States has announced that they will be relying on AI-powered technology for another hot-topic subject...receipt checking.

Sam's Club Implements AI Technology Into Receipt Checking

In what's being referred to as an initiative that is 'leading retail industry with customer experience innovation,' Sam's Club has developed an AI and video technology powered 'exit technology' system, with exit technology referring to the receipt checking protocol for customers leaving their stores.


To date, Sam's Club has rolled out the new innovation at 120 (which is about 20%) of total locations, which is said to have resulted in members leaving the club 23% faster, and with more than half of members getting the 'friction-free exit experience.'

Sam’s Club is uniquely positioned as the first retailer to not only extensively deploy this technology at scale, but also to successfully build, design and roll it out in-house, addressing member pain points in the purchase-to-exit process.

In their April 30th press release, parent company WalMart indicated that all Sam's Club locations should have the exit technology by the end of 2024.

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So How Does It Work?

Those who are familiar with club style shopping (Sam's, BJs, Costco), typically know that upon exiting, customers are required to show their receipt at the door and wait for an employee to cross check their receipt with their shopping cart items. The new exit technology 'is used to seamlessly confirm members have paid for all items in their shopping carts – without requiring an associate to check members’ purchases before leaving the club.'

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The way things work with the new exit technology, is that a computer vision and digital technology combination snaps a picture of the shopping carts, while verifying payment for all said items, and the reliance is primarily on AI in the background to keep the process moving.

You can see the entire statement, rollout process, and more information about Sam's Club and their AI powered exit technology here.

These are the Items You Should Be Buying At Sam's Club

There are items that you can buy at a grocery store or items you can buy at a big-box store, however, if you are looking to save money, Sam's Club is the place to shop. Sam's Club allows you to buy the items you use the most in bulk, and that means you are going to be saving money.

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25 must visit sweet shops in the Hudson valley!

Apple Cider Donuts from Wilklow Orchards
341 Pancake Hollow Rd, Highland, NY 12528
Wilklow Orchards offers delightful apple cider donuts, an amazing sweet treat in the Hudson Valley. Made with fresh apple cider and dusted with cinnamon sugar, these donuts capture the highlight of fall in every bite.

Blueberry Cheesecake from Bread Alone Bakery
2121 Ulster Ave, Lake Katrine, NY 12449
 Bread Alone Bakery's blueberry cheesecake and fresh bread is a delight that perfectly balances the rich creaminess of cheesecake with the tart sweetness of fresh blueberries and a warmth and freshnes to each bite of bread. Each slice is a harmonious blend of flavors and textures, making it a favorite among locals and visitors all over NY.

Maple Walnut Fudge from Crown Maple Estate
47 McCourt Rd, Dover Plains, NY 12522
Crown Maple Estate's maple walnut fudge is a heavenly confection crafted with pure maple syrup and crunchy walnuts. The sweetness of the syrup is complemented by the nuttiness of the walnuts, creating a soft but crunchy treat that melts in your mouth!

Chocolate Babka from Kingston Bread + Bar
43 N Front St, Kingston, NY 12401
Kingston Bread + Bar's chocolate babka is a delightful twist on the ordinary, Layers of rich chocolate swirl within tender, buttery dough, creating a delectable treat that pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie from Jones Farm
190 Angola Rd, Cornwall, NY 12518
Jones Farm's strawberry pie is a seasonal delight that showcases the fresh flavors of summer with a whole bunch of strawberries! The sweet strawberries and tart are baked into a flaky crust, creating a pie that is delicious for all ages. 

Salted Caramel Cupcakes from Sweet Maresa's
291 Wall St, Kingston, NY 12401
Sweet Maresa's salted caramel cupcakes are an indulgence for anyone with a sweet tooth! Each moist cupcake is topped with creamy caramel frosting and a sprinkle of salt, creating the perfect balance of sweet and salty flavors which we all love. 

Raspberry Linzer Tart from Le Express Bistro & Bar
1820 New Hackensack Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Le Express Bistro & Bar's raspberry linzer tart is a classic French pastry that showcases the vibrant flavors of fresh raspberries and buttery almond crust. Adding on they also have a great variety of meals to enjoy if you’re also hungry!

Honey Lavender Gelato from Bellvale Farms Creamery
1390 NY-17A, Warwick, NY 10990
Bellvale Farms Creamery's honey lavender gelato is a refreshing and different dessert that combines the notes of lavender with the sweetness of local honey. Which is the perfect taste for a summer snack

Cinnamon Buns from Our Daily Bread:
 116 Hudson Ave, Chatham, NY 12037
 Our Daily Bread's cinnamon buns are a beloved breakfast treat in the Hudson Valley. These soft, gooey cinnamon buns are swirled with cinnamon sugar and topped with a drizzle of cream cheese frosting which change the taste, making them a delicious snack.
Blueberry Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory: 
The Cheesecake Factory at the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Central Valley, NY, serves up a slice of heaven with their blueberry cheesecake. Creamy, velvety cheesecake studded with plump blueberries mixed with graham cracker crust is a decadent dessert that never fails to impress anyone! Its a classic staple to all cheesecake lovers

Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich from Beacon Bread Company: 
193-195 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508
Beacon Bread Company in Beacon, NY, puts a twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie with their cookie sandwich. Its made with Two soft, chewy cookies enveloping a layer of creamy vanilla frosting, which create a handheld indulgence that's impossible to resist, resembling the classic icecream cookie sandwich! 

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie from Frida's Bakery & Cafe:
26 Main St, Milton, NY 12547
 Frida's Bakery & Cafe in Milton, NY, celebrates the flavors of spring with their strawberry rhubarb pie. Tart rhubarb and sweet strawberries baked in a flaky, golden crust make this pie a delight for all.

Cinnamon Rolls from Love Bites Cafe:
69 Partition St, Saugerties, NY 12477
serves up a breakfast classic with their cinnamon rolls. Pillowy soft dough swirled with cinnamon sugar and drenched in creamy frosting create a comforting treat that's perfect for starting your day on a sweet note for those who love doughy sweetness

Lavender Shortbread Cookies from Hudson Valley Seed Co: 
4737 US-209, Accord, NY 12404
Hudson Valley Seed Co. in Accord, NY, offers a delicate and aromatic treat with their lavender shortbread cookies. Buttery shortbread infused with fragrant lavender flowers creates a cookie that's both elegant and irresistible taste for all. 

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream from Holy Cow Ice Cream:
7270 S Broadway # 1, Red Hook, NY 12571
 Holy Cow Ice Cream in Red Hook, NY, offers a cool and refreshing treat with their mint chocolate chip ice cream. Creamy mint ice cream studded with chocolate chips is a timeless favorite that's perfect for all who love some minty icecream!

Cold Stone Creamery 
offers a unique twist on traditional ice cream, allowing customers to customize their frozen treats with a variety of mix-ins and toppings. Whether you're craving a classic sundae lover or a refreshing sorbet kind of person, Cold Stone Creamery promises a memorable dessert experience for all in any season.

Cinnabon entices the senses with its irresistible aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls, drawing crowds to its locations across.. Known for its indulgent swirls of cinnamon, gooey icing, and fluffy dough, Cinnabon's signature treats are a comforting delight for sweet enthusiasts, you'll be sure to smell cinnabon in any mall as soon as you walk in!

Auntie Anne's Pretzels
Auntie Anne's Pretzels invites all to indulge in the simple pleasure of freshly baked pretzels, served hot and sprinkled with an array of savory and sweet toppings. this franchise captivates customers with its soft, doughy pretzels and enticing aroma that you can smell from miles away!.

Dunkin' Donuts 
Dunkin' Donuts is a beloved fixture in the Hudson Valley, delighting customers with its freshly brewed coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and an array of delicious doughnuts. Whether you're grabbing a quick bite before work or on the go, Dunkin' Donuts promises a satisfying start to your day with its comforting flavors we all love. 

Baskin-Robbins invites all with its wide selection of ice cream flavors, sundaes, and frozen treats. With its iconic pink spoons and cups and endless variety of flavors to choose from, this franchise captivates customers with its innovative creations and classic favorites. Perfect for a quick reliable snack!

Dominos Cinnamon twists
Share the sweetness with Dominos Cinnamon twists, soft and fluffy dough bites coated in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with sweet icing (if you desire). Whether enjoyed as a dessert or a sweet snack these are perfect to pair right after your pizza!