Tuesday, April 04, 2006

This is clever

Trivial, but clever. A new supermarket opened in my area a few months ago. It's a bit far for me to shop at regularly, so I didn't go there till yesterday. The chain is "Food4Less", and they do have low prices. Their gimmick is that customers do their own bagging. This should cause a hold-up at the register, because customers, not being practiced baggers, will often fall behind the cashiers. Now comes the clever part.

Each register island has one incoming belt, and two outgoing belts, running to two bagging stations. There's a swinging gate-board to direct stuff down one belt or the other. As long as the customers are half as fast as the checkers, there will be no hold-up.

OK, it's trivial. But it is clever, even elegant.


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