In urban and sub urban areas in sri lanka , the term shopping is now directly bind with the word "Supermarket". Specially with the expansions of the "Cargills" store through out the country, has become a natural act to visit a super market to buy grocery items.
The legendary "Sunday Pola" is still standing at the top for vegetable , fish and fruits , but still there is a very little slaggy tendency towords buying such natural items from super markets as well..
Anyway now my point is at the billing point. Shopping in an air-conditioned space is a very comfortable thing.You know about that. Looking at loads of items.Touch every thing.Compare prices. Load the cart , unload some items when you saw a better thing than waht you already got .... Yes this is fun.
But once your cart is fully loaded, you can not take it out easily.
You have to BILL it. you have to Pay for them.
But the wonderful fantasy would come to an end at the billing counter. Keeping the trolley for long time in the queue. Yes, there are no chairs at the queue. It is not an easy task. The best thing comes when you are at the queue with a loaf of bread , while the person in front of you having items which cost about Rs.10000.
So why we can not bring self checkout process to our supermarket scheme. This is not a brand new concept. it is there in different countries in different way. We can make it here as well in a such a way that it suites with our culture.
So this is my way.
1. Super market have an smart phone app.
2. Customer needs to download it to their phone.[Yes it is free to download]
3.Create a user and login to the app.
4.There are two login types
- As a online shopper
- As an in-store shopper
6.You can login as "online shopper" to experience the more common online shopping.
7.Ok now lets go to the super market.
8.login to the APP as "in-store" shopper.
9. You have a very big bar code scanning window. Just scan the items and add it your bill and put them to your cart.
10. OK , now your question is how far this would be an accurate or practical in real world.
11.You don't get very clear bar-codes in every items. Will it get much more time to find the bar-code and wait it to get focused by the camera and verify it and do the rest. Me too dont't know exactly whether that would be done. But if it is possible , then it is great.
Checkout the below link .
12. Ok now done shopping. Now pay the bill through the app. The app itself configured from where the amount to be deduct.[Actually you configure it on the APP ] .
Whether it is from your
Ez-Cash / m-cash
to add it to your mobile phone bill
Or directly form your bank account or what ever.
13.Now payment done. Still it is not over. Now you got a payment code.
14.There are some people at the super market , ready to pack your stuff.
15.Just show the payment code to them , they will verify your items and pack it to you.