Increase Grocery Store Scans Per Minute in a GREENER Way
When the grocery conveyor belt starts, 23 scans per minute is the average number of items a Kroger cashier is supposed to scan in 60 seconds. What if that number could be increased - even doubled - by a simple act?
The answer isn't a million dollar high tech machine or a robot. It's just involves encouraging customers to use a CRESBI crate.
By actively incentivizing customers to use CRESBI Crate systems and put their items in the crates with the barcodes up, checkers could use their hand-scanners to scan the grid of barcodes lined up in the crates. Anything that would cover the grid or needs to be weighed the customer could place on the conveyor after the crate that they want it in. Here's a couple examples I happened to be able to videotape. I've actually had much faster times, in the Walmart picture below the 5 crates full of items of over $300 took less than 3 minutes to check out.
Kroger: 20 items in 35 seconds Meijer: 17 items in 30 seconds
Ah, you laugh! People won't take the time to put their barcodes up! Welllll...Customers didn't want to use grocery carts when they were first introduced back in 1937 by Sylvan Goldman, owner of a Humpty Dumpty supermarket chain in Oklahoma. Self-scanning machines had slow adaptation rates after their first installation in 1992 in New York at a Price Chopper Supermarket. And programs like Kroger's Scan Bag Go where customers scan and pack as they shop and pay at the end was initially embraced by many customers until they ran into problems having to scan the produce themselves.
A store that actively encourages people to use CRESBI Crate systems can benefit in multiple other ways, as well:
- Less baggers are needed
Baggers would only have to place the final items in the crates and put the crates back in the carts
- If baggers do the bagging they would not have to touch gross reusable bags (see video below)
In a grocery bagging survey 80% of baggers say CRESBI Crates would be faster to pack and 78% of them believe most reusable bags are rarely, if ever, washed
- Fewer self-scanning checkout machines needed
Customers will prefer the faster checkout CRESBI crates checkout lanes offer
- Less self-scanning checkout machines means less store theft.
The founder of store video surveillance system estimated that "Theft — intentional or not — is up to five times higher with self checkout than when cashiers are working
- Store can boast that they can provide thee FASTEST checkout times with actual customer service involved
Since the checkers are doing the scanning they're already the experts at weighing produce, eliminating that issue for the customer
In 1956, Malcom Mclean envisioned a world where instead of $5.86 a ton to load a ship by hand, it would cost only 16 cents a ton to load a ship using a container. Containerization revolutionized the way the world carries products around the world. CRESBI Crate Systems can revolutionize the way a customer carries their groceries, increasing scans per minute for the grocery store and improving customer satisfaction in a much greener way!