Self-Checkout As You Shop
from the why-wait-until-the-end? dept
We've written about the increasing popularity of self-checkout solutions at various stores. Now, grocery chain Albertson's is trying to take that process one step further by giving shoppers handheld scanners that they can use to scan items as they put them in their cart. With the more traditional self-checkout scanners the anti-theft system involves placing the item on a tray that checks its weight against the expected weight - and a person monitoring a number of the self-checkout stands. With the handheld scanners, however, the anti-theft mechanism appears to be mostly (you won't believe it...) "trust". That's right. They're actually trusting most people to be honest. They are doing some random checks of people as they leave to make "verify" just how trustworthy they've been - but so far, the company reports no theft problems. Of course, this type of solution probably won't be needed once we get to the point of using RFID tags in groceries - but as someone who absolutely hates waiting in line at the grocery store, this sounds great to me - though, I wonder if you can "change your mind" on an item that you later decide you don't want.