Grocery shopping, the geek way

Computerized shopping carts? I’m in heaven.

One chain in particular, Stop & Shop, a chain based in the Boston area, is seeking to change the whole way we shop for groceries — including the dreaded check-out lane.
The highlights:
Based on the shopper’s frequent shopper card, your buying history and favorite items are available in real time as you shop — you also have the ability to download your shopping list at home and email it to the device to eliminate the need for carrying (and losing?) that piece of paper.
As you shop, you can scan in each item — it will keep a running total of how much you are spending — and actually eliminate the need to wait in line at the check-out. You can also check the price of each item before you buy.
As you walk down the aisles, and promotions and paperless coupons “pop-up” on the screen. Want to take advantage of that special deal? Just touch the screen and scan the item.
You can place an order at the deli — from anywhere in the store — and when it’s ready, you receive a notification to pick it up. No more taking a number and standing in line!

Ok so I’m a food geek. I know I’m not the only one here. Even if you arent.. the computer geeks will probably find this lives up to absolute geekdom. I want this and I want it now.

6 Comments so far

  1. Em (unregistered) on July 20th, 2004 @ 4:41 am

    I have heard of this before, it’s very cool. But what do we think about The Man now knowing everything we buy? Combined with this and the CVS Extra Value card, he knows a hell of a lot about my life. Particularly, how I spend way too much on lipstick.


  2. Liz (unregistered) on July 20th, 2004 @ 4:48 am

    well.. both my cvs and my stop and shop cards dont have my real name on them. That way the man doesnt have to know that I spend way too much time in a grocery store.


  3. Em (unregistered) on July 20th, 2004 @ 5:16 am

    Aren’t you the tricky one! I am Mr. Emily Morris on my CVS card, which always cracks me up.


  4. Dave (unregistered) on July 20th, 2004 @ 5:24 am

    Sounds like just one more step toward the Human-Robot Apocalypse to me…


  5. mk (unregistered) on July 20th, 2004 @ 5:54 am

    I want this, too. I gave a fake name for my CVS and Stop and Shop cards, too. I would love to see a running total, because I am frequently getting to the register and discovering that I spent about $50 more than I was expecting to.
    My only concern is, will it work? I hate using the self-checkout lane because there is almost always something that won’t scan and requires an employee to punch in a code. I would hope that this new system would be less mistakey.


  6. Cassford (unregistered) on July 21st, 2004 @ 9:07 am

    Very cool. I’ve noticed that Home Depot self-checkouts have been getting better…or maybe I’m getting better at using them. I used to have the same experience of needed assistance when something got effed up. usually it was something about the weight sensors on the bag end. Anyway, lately, it has been a abreeze. I spend too much time in Home Depot…



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