I saw on the City Wire that Wal-mart is expanding it's Self Check-Out lines to save on costs. It blows me away that Wal-mart spends a whopping $12 million every second with cashier wages. That puts into perspective the move to find savings wherever they can. I use the self check-out often, especially if I have a few items and want to get through quickly. It can be a faster solution or a slower one, depending on a few things. If you have a lot of produce or anything you have to enter manually, then the cashier assisted lines are a better choice. They know the codes for produce and I'm slow as molasses looking up New Red Potatoes in the maze of about a dozen choices of spuds. Same thing with garden items that come in trays. They can override the system and scan multiple plants while I would have to do one at a time.
A few years ago we were part of a Nielsen program that scanned products and reported our usage monthly. They sent me a little scanner of my own and it was as simple as scan the things we bought and then send the total on a designated day. Wal-mart and other companies are very interested in our buying habits. That's what they do best. Monday meetings are about keeping their costs as low as they can in this terrible economy. They listen and whether you like the company or not, their goal isn't just making money, it's making new customers and keeping them. How well do you think they are doing? If you had to give a score would it be a 10?