Why is it that whether in small, out-of-the-way convenience stores or large, warehouse-type superstores, self-service checkout counter systems are becoming more prevalent? As the retail industry grows, how do these businesses come to the decision to mechanize their checkout procedure such that customers can do it on their own, without need of a sales clerk? There are several reasons for this.
Firstly, popular manufacturers of such systems have developed their product so that they easily integrate with the retailers’ existing POS, which means that the retailer does not have to completely overhaul its current system. This convenience results in an easy assimilation of the self-checkout counter into the retailer’s current sales system. This also reduces the cost of upgrade integration, as existing hardware and peripherals are still compatible with the new system.
Secondly, the savings achieved in the above-mentioned point results in an accelerated path towards a return on investment, cutting down years to a few months. The high standard of the product also contributes to savings, as it immediately brings value to any store and can be used for years on end, without fear of diminishing in quality.
Thirdly, manufacturers of such self-service checkout counter systems offer great services to retailers, such as cost-savings calculators and traveling sales centers. The former allows interested retailers to compute what products would best meet their needs, by simply entering the stores hourly wages, store size, average ticket, and other useful information. The latter gives prospective retailers the ability to experience firsthand the front-end technology that is available to them, without commitment and without cost of traveling to the manufacturer’s city of business.
It is for these reasons that shoppers will be seeing a lot more of self-checkout counters in their local groceries, shopping centers and convenience stores.
Post time: 02-25-2017