/* ---- Google Analytics Code Below */

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

On the Rise of Self Checkouts

A non technical article from Today.  About the rise of self checkouts in retail.  Also discusses the surprising removal of them from Albertsons stores, which I mentioned here previously.

" ....  Albertson’s LLC, which operates 217 stores in Florida, Texas and five other states, said this month it would eliminate self-checkouts from all its locations to promote more customer interaction. The decision generated enormous reaction among msnbc.com readers, who expressed strong opinions about the merits of the technology.

But love it or hate it, the self-checkout phenomenon is not disappearing from the retail scene anytime soon.

Self-checkout suppliers raked in $524.1 million worldwide in 2010, a 46 percent increase from 2007, according to technology research firm VDC Research Group, which projects growth of 84 percent over the next five years. As technology improves, self-checkout likely will migrate into store aisles as customers armed with smart phones use new apps to scan and pay for items on the spot.
While Albertsons and many shoppers may find self-checkout technology dehumanizing, it can reduce wait times, save on labor costs and make maximum use of limited retail floor space, said analyst Richa Gupta of technology research firm VDC Research Group ... "

No comments: