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Faster checkouts for people who buy more
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Just change the word "less" or "fewer" to "more" on checkout signs. Easy as.

People buying something like just one fag can use the other lines.

4and20, Sep 28 2015

Not this _22Pay_2010_25_20more_22_20checkout
[4and20, Sep 28 2015]

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Can I even do this here? [absterge, Sep 29 2015]

For people who arrive without their horse http://i.imgur.com/7Vym6.jpg
[4and20, Sep 30 2015]

Queueing theory https://en.wikipedi...iki/Queueing_theory
[hippo, Sep 30 2015]


       Yes, but at the same time, no. Someone buying a single item may only take 2 minutes to find it and go to the checkout, making a 10 minute wait unreasonable. If someone has spent 45 minutes doing their weekly shop, a 10 minute wait is less unacceptable.
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 28 2015

       But, none the less, unacceptable.   

       We are in favour of automating all checkouts. Those unable to use automated checkouts will be unable to purchase food and will conseqently starve. Thus mamned checkouts become superfluous.   

       Darwin triumphs again.
8th of 7, Sep 28 2015

       There is a certain logic to this in that it rewards shoppers prepared to show some commitment and buy a reasonable number of things from the shop, in contrast to [Max], wandering the grimly lit supermarket aisles with his one item, worried about the prospect of a 10 minute wait to pay.
hippo, Sep 29 2015

       //People buying something like just one fag   

       Hmm, what happens if they are buying rolling tobacco? If they roll very skinny ones, that would be more than 20 items.   

       And flour. They might be cooking a near infinite number of small cakes, or one big cake. How can you take their word for it?
not_morrison_rm, Sep 29 2015

       I propose special handling for customers with lots of shopping: shop staff unload the cart and distribute the items across all of the available checkouts, making sure the individual checkout totals do not exceed the limit for contactless payment, and pack the items from each till into bags and load them back onto a single cart for transport to the car park. The purchaser simply walks down the row of tills authorising as many small payments as necessary.   

       Of course, this needs several things:   

       o- available shop staff, but they always seem to be in abundance when I'm at the supermarket checkout - standing around chatting. This scheme puts them to good use.   

       o- available checkouts, but these too seem abundant, at my last visit to Tesco 23 of 26 tills were idle. This scheme reduces wastage arising from idle assets.   

       o- mental arithmetic, applied by the shop staff distributing goods across checkouts. This is probably where the idea falls down.
Tulaine, Sep 29 2015

       Yes, interesting - queuing theory would suggest, I think, that there's a sweet spot for the number of checkouts that you should use for x items of shopping, i.e. between 1 checkout processing all items and x checkouts, each processing 1 item.
hippo, Sep 30 2015

       If standing in line waiting bothers you I suggest bypassing the checkout and just pushing your laden cart out the door. Bound to get you quicker service.
cudgel, Sep 30 2015

       At our local Asda, I go to great lengths (and girths) to avoid shopping there on a Sunday. Other than the first few hours (which I didn’t know a Sunday even had) the experience is one of being buried alive in till queue stasis. You’ll almost nearly never get out of there.   

       Coincidentally, I suspect, a lot of what a person goes to the shoppies for of a Sunday is milk, for a cuppa. Is it worth tolerating the crowds and insane till queues. Of course not. But if you’re young and idiotic enough to run out of milk on a Sunday, you’re probably enough of a cretin to just aimlessly wander into the supermarket blithely thinking you’ll just be in and out in a matter of minutes, milk in hand.   

       It occurred to me that, at our Asda at least, there’s an area in the middle of the building where many shops meet, Asda departments being about four of them. This area is brightly daylight lit, central, and on a route in through one end and out through the other end of that area, without having to actually go into the shops. There’s also a till plugged in in that central area, which at the moment is full of stands of plants that will immediately die the day after you get them home.   

       As an experiment, and only on Sundays, I think it’d be interesting to get fridges there, stack them with only 2.272 litre bottles of semi-skimmed milk. Inside Asda this has a price of 89p, but outside will cost £1 cash only. Being £1 cash only, it’s a straight hand over the coin, take the milk, off you go, operation. No queue, no crowd, no wait. The idea is that the irresponsible Sunday morning milk lacker will prefer to buy an 89p bottle of milk for £1 and avoid the torture of actually going into Asda on a Sunday.   

       If they don’t have the correct cash, then go into the shop and buy it the normal way. If they don’t want that sort of milk, go into the shop and buy it the normal way. If they object to paying £1 for something that is priced up as 89p and is available for 89p just several hundred metres away, then go buy it there and put up with the queues. Etc.   

       This will probably have the side-effect of decluttering the supermarket till queues themselves, as I suspect a lot of those customers only went in for milk and picked up a bunch of other stuff as well while they’re there to make it worth queuing for.
Ian Tindale, Sep 30 2015


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