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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Degrees of success compel retailers to make changes in self-service checkouts

Observation:   A story from USA Today indicates that several retailers are making changes to their self-service check-out strategy.  Some report significantly higher shop-lifting in the lanes, and are either installing more sophisticated systems to help thwart that shrinkage, and others are removing the lanes entirely.  Click here to see the story.

Implications:   How do you feel about the self-service line?  Some folks are delighted to have a lane that is often faster… but I’ve talked to others that think they’re doing some of the store’s work without being compensated with higher savings for the lower degree of service.

More importantly… how do your customers feel about the balance of service, swiftness and convenience that you offer?

It can be impossible to please everyone all the time, but the more options you offer, the  more people you will please.  And if you must make compromises, focus on pleasing those people who buy lots of what you sell; the heavy-user target consumer that makes or breaks your business.

Mike Anderson, for the Elm Street Economics consumer trends blog. A service of The Center for Sales Strategy, Inc.

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