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||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
||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.
||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.
||//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
||And flour. They might be cooking a near infinite number of
small cakes, or one big cake. How can you take their word
||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
||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
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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 didnt know a Sunday even
had) the experience is one of being buried alive in till
queue stasis. Youll almost nearly never get out of
||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 youre young and idiotic enough
to run out of milk on a Sunday, youre probably
enough of a cretin to just aimlessly wander into the
supermarket blithely thinking youll just be in and
out in a matter of minutes, milk in hand.
||It occurred to me that, at our Asda at least, theres
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. Theres 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
||As an experiment, and only on Sundays, I
think itd 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, its 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.
they dont have the correct cash, then go into the
shop and buy it the normal way. If they dont 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 theyre there to make it worth queuing