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walk-a·ways (noun): Retail customers so frustrated by store checkout lines that they leave a shop without completing their purchases (see also: queue management).

An October 16, 2009 article entitled "Smart retailers fight walk-aways at the checkout," published on the trade website retailcustomerexperience.com, defined the problem of walk-aways, potential causes, and their impact as lost revenue:

"Research suggests that retailers experience an average of 1.6 percent of customers leaves the checkout queue — and the store — without completing the purchase. While the percentage seems relatively small, consider a retailer with 500 stores throughout the U.S. that averages 500 transactions per store, per day with an average customer purchase of $30. That small percentage adds up to $280 per store per day, or, $100,800 per year. Multiply that by the retailers 500 stores and this retailer is losing $50,400,000 each year because its customers are opting to walk out of the store without completing the purchase. They’re dropping the items and are walking away. We call them walk-aways.

Why do walk-aways happen? It’s simple, really. In today’s fast-paced world, consumers are short on time and money. When shopping, consumers can navigate the store at their own pace, selecting the items they’d like to purchase; however, when moving toward the checkout queue there is an ingrained perception that there will be an inefficient and slow-moving line. It’s when perception meets reality that many consumers opt to walk away without completing the purchase."