The Self Checkout Revolution

Gary Deane sent over A Toronto Star Story on the self-checkout machine finally coming of age in Canada.

Not a library story, but it\’s interesting to see how self-checkout machines are creeping into stores now. Retailers are quick to dispel the notion that machines will eventually replace cashiers altogether, another sensitive point for some consumers.

They also mention RFID, which requires each item to be tagged with a tiny radio frequency chip which not only lets the consumer check out without unloading the cart, but automatically notifies the retailer how many items have been sold, and what needs to be re-ordered. Something that could be put in books, and is being put in Tires Now, but this should raise some privacy concerns.