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This concept is a shopping center where local stores can setup shops within this shopping center and not have to worry about staffing registers. This is because there are high speed check out registers at all entrances of the shopping center.
The shared checkout registers will help local shops better
compete with bigger supermarket near-monopolies, by allowing all these local shops to spend less in maintance of checkout registers. The space savings in floorspace would also allow local stores within to have more varieties of goods in display.
Pros: Better efficiencies, and improved local competition against big supermarkets companies. Staffs are able to focus on customer services.
Cons: Needs shared IT infrastructure amongs local stores, especially with barcoding.
||Nice. It's similar to how some professional practices
||So, a brick and mortar version of Amazon, basically.
Sure, why not?
||Costco does something a bit like this with their
roadshow events, where an outside vendor will
come and set up inside the warehouse, but all of their
sales still go through the same registers as the rest of
||To some extent this is also how many antique malls
and craft cooperatives are managed. Lots of
separate rented areas inside single building, with a
single cashier at the front.
|| MechE :
Then that means there is precedence that this
approach may actually be successful. Only question
is if it can be applied to fresh foods and typical
supermarket items as well.
|| 21 Quest :
You got a point about economies of scales of big
supermarkets vs this approach. Maybe the
diversity of stores of this approach may be
appealing. (e.g. the kinds who like to shop around)