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Kroger is the next grocery chain hoping to cut checkout lines

Engadget

It's not just tech giants like Amazon or corporate behemoths like Walmart that are hoping to reduce the need for checkout lines. Kroger is expanding its Scan, Bag, Go self-checkout technology from a handful of stores in the Cincinnati area (which have been testing it for 5 years) to 400 stores in 2018. The system is mostlysimilar to Walmart's approach: you scan items as you add them to your cart throughout the store, letting you breeze through the self-checkout terminal once you've paid through your goods (in this case, at the terminal itself). It's not certain which stores will receive the tech, but an announcement is expected in early 2018.


Amazon is opening a physical store without checkout lanes or cashiers

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For decades, grocery stores have dreamed of fully automated technology that would allow them to dispense with cashiers altogether. But self-checkout systems introduced so far have been clunky and wound up just shifting a lot of work from store employees onto the customer. On Monday, Amazon introduced a new self-checkout technology that -- if it works as advertised -- could totally transform the retail sector. Called "Amazon Go," the technology literally allows people to walk into a store, select items they want to purchase, and walk out. Amazon is opening an 1,800-square-foot convenience store in Seattle to test out the technology.


Japan to introduce self-checkout system at convenience stores that reads all items at once

The Japan Times

The government in conjunction with five major convenience store operators plans to introduce an advanced self-checkout system by 2025 to mitigate expected labor shortages, officials said Tuesday. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said it will cooperate with Seven-Eleven Japan Co., FamilyMart Co., Lawson Inc., and two other convenience store chains to install self-checkout registers that can instantly calculate the prices of all items in a basket at once. The convenience store operators, which also include Ministop Co. and East Japan Railway Co., which operates NewDays stores through a subsidiary, will attach chips containing product information to the roughly 100 billion items they sell annually. Current self-checkout machines read the prices of products one by one using bar codes. For products costing less than ¥100, the new system at current prices would be expensive, as the chips cost ¥10 to ¥20 each.


The Impact of the self checkouts

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In today's society customers want to be able to purchase a product or a service whenever and wherever they want. Most importantly they want the transaction to run smoothly and be instant. Companies have also understood the technological age we currently live in and the need for a quicker service. In the early 2000, a number of grocery retail companies decided to introduce self-checkout scanners, Tesco were the first company to begin the self-checkout trail in 2003 within their stores. The reason being they wanted to reduce the waiting times within the lines especially during busy working hours and help satisfy the customers' demands.


Android Pay is coming to hundreds of thousands more websites

Engadget

Android Pay will already let you know where it works in the real world, but soon it will be available at hundreds of thousands more places online. Thanks to new partnerships with Visa and Mastercard, Android Pay users will soon be able to zip through online checkouts at any site that already accepts Visa Checkout or Masterpass. The new deal is a big step for Google's plan to build a universal payment system and will allow users to pay online with a quick fingerprint scan on their Android device. In other words, you'll be spared the need to remember multiple usernames and passwords when you're shopping around the web. Users only need to link up their Visa Checkout or Masterpass accounts to their Android Pay account.