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#501 RFS

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 10:11 AM

I have a friend that “accidentally” misses scanning a few items often. she’s all in favour of them.


Your friend is a bad person
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#502 jonny

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 10:17 AM

If it's anything like other corporate retail businesses, the issue is not finding employees, the issue is a low cap on payroll, i.e. head office will only allow a certain number of scheduled work hours each week.

 

The people I know who run retail spots in this town say finding reliable staff who have any sort of work ethic and aren't morons/stoners/stinky/weird is very difficult. 



#503 jonny

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 10:18 AM

I have a friend that “accidentally” misses scanning a few items often. she’s all in favour of them.

 

There's a word for that behaviour...



#504 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 10:18 AM

Your friend is a bad person


she’s kind of a free spirit for sure.

#505 jonny

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 10:24 AM

"free spirit" = thief



#506 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 10:31 AM

i’m not condoning it. but when she says she’ll never be caught except by a staffer before she leaves the area and thus will just have to rescan I think she’s likely right.

one of the reasons these are popular with retailers is because they require some form of operating (available balance) plastic. and your run of the mill amateur shoplifter does not have that. but it does not do a great job against unscanned items. but I suppose the instances are so low that it’s still cost effective,

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 25 January 2019 - 10:32 AM.


#507 Nparker

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 10:32 AM

There's a word for that behaviour...

Mayoral?



#508 m3m

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 12:25 PM

it’ll be interesting to see how the new shoppers downtown utilizes then in a fresh build.

 

The current shoppers downtown already uses them. Been installed for several months. 


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#509 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 12:34 PM

for sure. but in the new build I wonder how prominent they will be rather than a retrofit.

#510 sdwright.vic

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 12:38 PM

^they already have four in the "old" Shoppers.
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#511 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 12:41 PM

yes they were retrofit and placed on the side there. in a brand new 2019 layout I winder how they are given prominence.
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#512 sdwright.vic

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 12:56 PM

^missed the "retrofit"
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#513 UDeMan

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 02:06 PM

self checkouts are the best when you have to buy that product that is sort of embarrassing.  genital ointments, tampons for the wife, condoms, etc.  No more price checks on aisle 5.


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#514 mbjj

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 03:57 PM

I'm too lazy to use a self check-out. I don't mind waiting as it's good daydreaming time. Why should I do the job for the store?


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#515 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 03:59 PM

Why should I do the job for the store?

 

mostly just to beat the line if you are in a hurry.  no other great reason.



#516 Nparker

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 04:05 PM

mostly just to beat the line if you are in a hurry.  no other great reason.

It's not like you're offered a discount on your purchase for (allegedly) saving the store money.



#517 Jackerbie

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 04:11 PM

I'm too lazy to use a self check-out. I don't mind waiting as it's good daydreaming time. Why should I do the job for the store?

 

I'm sure some people said the same thing when ATMs were introduced, and I know that there are some people who will only do their banking with another person. Technology changes, preferences change, habits change, expectations change. 



#518 Nparker

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 04:21 PM

ATMs are considerably faster than standing in line to make a basic cash withdrawal or simple deposit. I have yet to witness a significant time savings in using self-checkouts.



#519 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 04:22 PM

It's not like you're offered a discount on your purchase for (allegedly) saving the store money.


that’s a good idea actually.

#520 Nparker

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 04:22 PM

It's not like you're offered a discount on your purchase for (allegedly) saving the store money.

that’s a good idea actually.

It's the ONLY way I'd be enticed to use a self-checkout.



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