Automated Lines Hurt Supermarket Sales

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Automated check-out lines have hurt sales for impulse buys at major supermarkets.


And the last word in Business News comes from the San Diego Union Tribune, which reports that self-checkout lanes in grocery stores may not be working for the supermarkets. Shoppers who scan their own groceries are not stopping to add some gum or a magazine. They're too busy operating the scanners and scales. About 1 percent of supermarket sales are generated by these last-second purchases, worth more than four and a half billion dollars a year.

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