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I see them everywhere now and think nothing of it. Grocery stores, convenience stores, heck even my local McDonald's has 'touch screen' ordering.

A guy I work with says 'He never uses those things, it cuts out jobs'. and I am sure he is right.

I don't even give it a second thought (maybe thats the goal)

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Thankfully no one has found a way to automate my jobs in the last few hundred years.

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Your coworker can fight against it but the younger kids will embrace them and before you know checkers will be a thing of the past.

I use them when it’s useful to me but I usually go to a checker myself.

Their is a Kroger across town and the checkers take your cart and check it themselves; I love it myself.

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I don't like the fact that the whole store knows what I'm buying. Do all of them shout out what the item is once it's scanned? It sure does at Shop Rite. KY Jelly and extra small condoms are MY business dammit.

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A lot of items can turn into a disaster at self-checkouts.

Small amount of items I go through self checkout.

I used to try and avoid them, but I realized the genie left the bottle.

I still think human checkers are needed.

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I use them but you can't check out with liquor and medicine. When checking out I wanna get out of there as fast as possible and some customers are slower than hell using the self checker .If you get stuck behind my 90 yr old mother I guarantee you you'll lose 30 minutes of your life laced with rage.

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My small local grocery store only has 5 checker lanes (of which only 3 are usually open) and 6 self checkouts. Unless you have a cart full of groceries, self checkout is much quicker.

Amazon is working on technology (Amazon Go) where you won't even have to scan your items. Just load the groceries into bags as you shop, push your cart of groceries through the door that has a detector gizmo (like a metal detector) on it, and the entire cart is scanned in less than a second and the purchase is charged on your credit card without needing to break stride.

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A friend of mine has went a step further. 

he orders from target - toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent (same stuff same quantities every month) - free shipping. Doesn't leave the house for half the stuff.

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beejmi wrote: A friend of mine has went a step further. 

he orders from target - toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent (same stuff same quantities every month) - free shipping. Doesn't leave the house for half the stuff.
I pretty much do the same thing with Walmart. Amazon still hasn't figured out how to beat Walmart prices for pantry items (detergent, toiletries, etc). Its Amazon Pantry service charges a fee per box that winds up making the purchase more expensive than Walmart. Amazon also has "dash" orders (you just click a button when you want to re-order or tell Alexa to order it) and you can subscribe to purchase items every month but I don't trust them yet since you don't see the price of the stuff. Given the wild price fluctuations that I have seen for items on Amazon and other online sites, I want to make sure that I can see the price of what I am ordering.

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Big Garea Fan wrote: beejmi wrote: A friend of mine has went a step further. 

he orders from target - toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent (same stuff same quantities every month) - free shipping. Doesn't leave the house for half the stuff.
I pretty much do the same thing with Walmart. Amazon still hasn't figured out how to beat Walmart prices for pantry items (detergent, toiletries, etc). Its Amazon Pantry service charges a fee per box that winds up making the purchase more expensive than Walmart. Amazon also has "dash" orders (you just click a button when you want to re-order or tell Alexa to order it) and you can subscribe to purchase items every month but I don't trust them yet since you don't see the price of the stuff. Given the wild price fluctuations that I have seen for items on Amazon and other online sites, I want to make sure that I can see the price of what I am ordering.


I buy all of our cleaners, hygiene products, detergents and paper goods on amazon. 

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beejmi wrote: A friend of mine has went a step further. 

he orders from target - toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent (same stuff same quantities every month) - free shipping. Doesn't leave the house for half the stuff.

We have our groceries delivered every 2 weeks. Saves lots of time and headaches.

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I still go to the grocery store since it's across the street from work. I still not to the point where I"d trust them to make good decisions on produce and cuts of meat for delivery purposes.

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If I only have a few items I always use self checkout... Our sister company, ECRS (Electronic Cash Register Software) that we do our vending market kiosks with, 5 years ago they debuted their "Raptor" 360 degree scan system..would cut out the check out person but you still would need a bagger probably. That said, it was 5 years ago when I saw it in action at our yearly conference and I haven't heard of them selling the hell out of these so this may never take off huge..

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Papa Voo wrote: A lot of items can turn into a disaster at self-checkouts.

Small amount of items I go through self checkout.

I used to try and avoid them, but I realized the genie left the bottle.

I still think human checkers are needed.
So, yesterday I have my daughter bring me to the Acme because I need a few things for the grille.  I get in the self service line.  2 people in front of me - a lady with one of those annoying baby carts and she has about 50 items.  The other one is an older lady with maybe 5 items.  The older lady cannot find her debit or credit card.  Literally 5 minutes and I am not exaggerating.  Then, she accidentally cancels her entire order.  The Acme had to redo the whole thing. 
At the same time, the lady with all the items and the brat has her own issues.  The brat takes the bagged items and starts to throw them.  He takes the milk and throws it right on the scanner.  Somehow the top comes off the milk and renders the scanner useless. 
All this going on and the God damn Acme has 2 lines open with human checkers that are 10 deep.  I still would have been better off in one of those lines. 

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: beejmi wrote: A friend of mine has went a step further. 

he orders from target - toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent (same stuff same quantities every month) - free shipping. Doesn't leave the house for half the stuff.

We have our groceries delivered every 2 weeks. Saves lots of time and headaches.
We actually used Walmart online (I have been against them typically but Amazon is an even bigger danger now) for many of the type of things above.  Cheap and fast.  Cheaper than going to the store.  Still, I wouldn't do it with actual food. 

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We have used Walmart's grocery service where you submit your grocery list online and they pick it for you and then you go to Walmart and they load it into your car. It worked like a charm. I was in and out of the Walmart parking lot in about 5 minutes. They even did a good job picking the fresh produce and the fresh meats. No complaints. They even upsize your item for free if the size item you order is out of stock (for example, if you order an 18 oz box of Cheerios and they are out of it, you get a 36 oz box of Cheerios for the price of the 18 oz box).

The only negatives with the service are:
1) Few Walmarts have this service (the closest one to me is about 20 mins away)
2) Same day service isn't available. You have to put your order in several days in advance.

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what irritates me about the Wal-Mart self checkout lanes is they only have half of the damn things working a any given time (sort of like the human lanes) and half of them only take cash or only take cards and you dont know which until you get to it

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Wal-mart has a robot in 50 stores to check for outs aisle by aisle. And last week they announced they were testing drones that would take customers to their items instead of needing humans.

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And those damn bags!

I just bitched to a worker about this yesterday.

The worker came over and separated a few bags because I got into a check-out station where no bags were separated and they were all stacked together.

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Papa Voo wrote: And those damn bags!

I just bitched to a worker about this yesterday.

The worker came over and separated a few bags because I got into a check-out station where no bags were separated and they were all stacked together.



Your supermarkets still have free bags? Old school.

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Kriss wrote: Papa Voo wrote: And those damn bags!

I just bitched to a worker about this yesterday.

The worker came over and separated a few bags because I got into a check-out station where no bags were separated and they were all stacked together.



Your supermarkets still have free bags? Old school.

You have to pay for them in California 

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I could be wrong so feel free to correct me but aren’t some of the large grocery store chains union nationwide or at least in some states? I know they were in California like 15 years ago. I wonder how much they can control the installation of the self check out lanes.

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Franchise wrote: I could be wrong so feel free to correct me but aren’t some of the large grocery store chains union nationwide or at least in some states? I know they were in California like 15 years ago. I wonder how much they can control the installation of the self check out lanes.Most grocery stores in Calif (major chains like Safeway, Luckys) are Union and they have self check out lines. I don't think they have any say in whether the store can add self check out lines. The Unions just gotta make sure the employee get their hours.

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I imagine the unions probably have a say to a point. It wouldn’t be a union if they weren’t “working” for the employee. I don’t have a dog in the fight and I’m not a union person but I would think their is some negotiation or trade off.

I could be wrong though

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I know that Wegman's is not unionized. Not in the stores at least. I do believe there is a union in the distribution centers though.

I am sure Wegman's isn't perfect but I know they do make attempts to treat their employees well. One of the big wigs with the local UFCW lives near me and says that they have not been able to break through for various reasons but one being that they are not complete assholes. Contrary to other markets where the management philosophy is taken out of the Attila the hun handbook.



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