Mobile scanning devices at the super – have you played with one of these yet?
Gone fewer are the days when I looked forward to weekly markets full of fresh seasonal produce, local food vendors, cheap clothing and household items. Now it’s all about simplifying and doing tasks asap, and if by chance it’s done without too much stress, then all the better.
Voila! The portable barcode scanning device at Esselunga. Self-service checkout counters are so yesterday. This new style of purchasing goods was introduced at another big supermarket (Auchan) months ago, but we were too lazy to jump on the tech wagon. The way it works is pretty straightforward: activate a device with your loyalty card (one will light up green among the whole bunch), insert in holder, and start scanning away with a simple point and click of the [+] button. If you change your mind about an item, point and click the [-].
The device keeps score with each item addition so you never need fear of going over budget. Right. The procedure for checking out is just as effortless. Point scanner onto the barcode at one of the dedicated kiosks to light up the screen panel. Follow directions for payment, take the receipt, and access the exit swing door by inserting the bottom of the receipt (there’s a barcode printed at the end) into the reader. Every now and then a clerk will double-check if everything is in order, and that means taking all your stuff out of the cart and putting it onto the conveyer belt like a normal checkout. If it turns out that the items are accounted for, an extra 20 points goes onto your loyalty card for all your trouble. Out of the 3 times we’ve used this, we’ve been “checked” only once, but I have to say that this beats standing in a slow line at the cashier.