Don’t Wait in Line, Just “Scan It!”



This weekend, my boy friend and I went to Giant to pick up a few things for his sister’s birthday party, and being the adventurous shoppers we are (I take him along with me to get all my crazy deals), we decided to use the “Scan It!”. This new device is located as soon as you walk through the doors at the “Scan It!” station, where many handheld scanners await a daring shopper to try them out. These special handheld scanners are linked to the store’s central computer system, eliminating the need to wait in line for a cashier to check you out.

So, he typed in his phone number to the machine since we didn’t have the Bonus Card, a scanner lit up, signifying that it was ours to take and we were on our way. If you didn’t bring your reusable bags with you, you can grab a few paper or plastic bags when you grab your scanner. We went to the candy aisle and grabbed a pack a gummy worms, scanned it with our handheld device, the price and new total showed up on the screen, and then we put the candy into the bag. To buy fruits and veggies, there are new devices in the produce section that allow you to select the type of produce you are purchasing and then it takes into consideration the weight or quantity and spits out a barcode sticker to put on your bag of fruit or veggies. This makes it so simple to scan your own produce with your handheld scanner.

After all the shopping was complete, we took the scanner and our groceries (already bagged) to the Self-Checkout registers. We scanned the barcode near the register that says “End of Purchase Barcode”, typed the phone number in again, and magically all our purchases were on the screen in front of us. At this time you can scan coupons and then pay. You place your handheld scanner in one of the docks by the register and you are free to leave.

I love Giant’s new “Scan It!” technology, it saves time and money. In the future, all grocery stores will probably use this technology because it eliminates the need for all those cashiers and baggers, which would save the store a lot of money. It’s amazing to think about the effects of computers and media, but who would have thought it would affect your grocery shopping? A simple task of buying food now transformed into this new digital era; my mom and grandmother still haven’t gotten the hang of the self-checkout.


Things I like about “Scan It!”:

-It’s faster

-It’s fun (I admit it)

-It’s convenient (you bag your groceries as you go)

-You can see your total add up prior to at the end of checkout


Things I dislike about “Scan It!”:

-If you mess up  (scan something twice, etc.) you may have to go get help

-The device may stop working for some reason and you lose your purchases (Technology certainly isn’t perfect)

-It’s not likely an older or shy person is going to try it out

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  1. Andrew Valles says:

    Do you people have a facebook fan page? I looked for one on twitter but could not discover one, I would really like to become a fan!

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