How many times have you caught yourself going to the grocery store for one or two items and you think to yourself, “Man, I’m glad this trip to the grocery store is only going to take me five minutes.” Then when you walk over to the cash registers and you see that there’s only one lane open and the people ahead of you have a tone of items! I’ll be the first to tell you, these situations suck and they happen all the time, well at least to me. But a solution to all of our problems is currently being developed.
A supermarket, Coles, which is located in Australia, is promising its customers a no-line register in the future! I’m sure you’re wondering, how can they make this happen?! Well, each item in the supermarket will have radio tags attached to them, so there’s no need for the usual bar code scanning. This means that the customer can push their cart through security markers that will read the radio tags and bill them through their smart-phone app!
Like I said before, I believe that this new grocery technology will help the long lines during the holidays and super bowl weekend! But, I can see it having a lot of glitches! For instance, what if the security markers read a certain item twice and the customer loses money or the markers don’t read an item and the grocery store loses money! Also, a scam I can see happening is people potentially holding a “heavy” item, like water bottles, over their shoulder where the security markers might not be able to scan it.
Overall, I believe that this is the future of grocery stores but there are a lot of kinks that developers need to consider before it’s released.
Now it’s your turn readers, what do you think about this new no-line cash register? Leave your comments below, thank you!