Scan It Allows You to Check Out Your Own Groceries

by Mark R

About two years ago, we covered the Intelliscanner Personal Barcode Scanner which allows you the user to scan your own merchandise and upload them to the PC. That might be good for establishing your personal inventory in your home, but I have recently discovered the Scan It, which is good for business on the road.

Simply put, the Scan It is a barcode scanner that allows you, the customer, to self check your groceries. All you need to do is scan your merchandise, put it in the bag, and scan the “all done” bar code when you are finished.

Just think! No more waiting at the checkout line for something that you can do all by yourself. No more bagging all your groceries at the end when you can just do it as you go. You can save at least fifteen minutes on your next shopping trip, easily!

So, how soon can you get one of these? The scanners are made by Motorola, and they are not quite ready for full mass production just yet. My source had a chance to try this out, and there is a catch when using this technology. The user has to agree to a random audits, and it will keep track of what you’re doing. In other words, Big Brother is watching you shop.

Still, you got to admire the Scan It’s initiative for changing the face of grocery shopping with the use of technology. Perhaps there will come a day when a Scan It is on everyone’s cellular phone.


11 reviews or comments

Dustin Says: February 25, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Uh, we’ve had these things at our local stop n shop for over a year… Watertown St. in Watertown, MA.

Richard Says: February 25, 2009 at 3:58 pm

I love the idea but think about how many people are touching that thing. It’s like a shopping cart, a breeding ground for germs.

ira Says: February 25, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Stop & Shop in CT has had the item in the picture in use for almost a year. Using the self checkout with this scanner is awesome.

Picasso Says: February 26, 2009 at 6:05 am

2 stars on green idea- not fully developed idea. If it was me who had this idea, I’d put the scanner device in my shopping cart, meaning, the cart should already have the device on board, so you just swipe it across the top of cart and stick in your cart. Once you have all groceries you want and scanned by cart, you pay right at front before leaving and no bags. Just bring a box/es in your car to put all your groceries in when you go to your car. The store can carry boxes for those who are ignorant of being green and make them feel stupid by everyone seeing they don’t care or are too dam lazy to do a simple task of bring their own boxes.

The cart integrated with these scan devices will make the carts a bit expensive at first to the store, but it will pay for itself when they see how much more people will use them and how much faster the lines go- soon all stores would follow their pattern.

Picasso Says: February 26, 2009 at 6:09 am

When will people realize that any green idea is not ONLY beneficial but more profitable so it’s in every business out there to think GREEN! Think GREEN and make GREEN! Easy slogan and easy step.

Christopher Says: February 26, 2009 at 11:49 am

I love these, we have had them in CT for a while now. They also added stations by the vegetables to weigh them yourself and print a barcode, which you can scan with this device. The scanner also notifies you of any promotional deals going on/savings. and one really cool part is that if you put a deli order in on the touchscreen stands, as soon as it’s ready, the scanner will let you know your order is ready to be picked up, even before they announce it on the intercom.

Someone Says: June 14, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Picasso: S&S did try it with the carts (Shopping Buddy), but I would imagine it got too expensive for them.

Susan Says: July 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Picasso – too many reasons why cart mounted devices are not proving to be successful – pilots have been expensive and the installation costs are very high..that apart, customers tend to leave the carts anywhere outside the stores (device -theft is an issue)- hundreds and hundreds of carts are lost each year.
Next,integration with the traditional pos and inventory management solutions is not only a hassle but very expensive.
Not all customers are at ease with this kind of technology.. customers are not very convenient swiping their cards on devices which are immediately used by other customers(not store associates)so, demographics plays a huge role.
Then any kind of weather change – rain for instance can ruin the device on the cart!!!!

hmmm Says: June 27, 2011 at 10:45 am

wow one more thing to take jobs sounds cool and all but what about the checkers family i mean all our jobs either go to illegals or comuters what are we coming to?

Paul Cox Says: June 28, 2011 at 7:14 am

We already have self scan check out stations and what I’ve learned is that what takes me 5 minutes to scan the checkers can scan in 1 minute. Can you imagine that poor old 80 year old lady in the middle of the isle trying to read this thing?
What happened to the microchips placed on everything so when you walk past check out everything is scanned at once and your card automatically debited. That’s what I want to see!

Dave Says: February 15, 2014 at 11:17 am

I don’t think these gadgets are cool, just something else to take jobs, make your shopping even more complicated and add profit for the supermarkets. I live in Britain. Are these things taking over elsewhere?

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