Is Self-checkout Being Ditched by Your Grocery Store?

It’s not difficult to determine why self-checkout lines at stores have been so popular in recent years.

Our weekly mad dash to the neighborhood grocery store used to give us terrible headaches. These days, you may skip the lengthy lineups by scanning and bagging your own items in self-checkout lanes, which combine speed and convenience.

Regretfully, the affection for the self-checkout lane might not endure. Self-checkout is becoming less of a convenience and more of a headache for large merchants. What impact will this have on your next self-checkout experience?

The Reasons Several Well-Known Stores Are Giving Up Self-Checkout

For a variety of reasons, many of the retailers we visit regularly—such as Wegmans, Walmart, and Target—are growing less and less fond of self-checkout lanes.


Since they started implementing self-checkout, stores have noticed a significant spike in “shrink,” which has led several to either reconsider having them or remove them completely.

Retail jargon for a loss of inventory is “shrink,” and it can occur for a number of reasons. Because there are fewer employees at self-checkout locations, some customers utilize this opportunity to bag things they have never scanned or exchange pricing for less expensive ones. In other cases, it could happen by accident—for example, when a consumer scans the incorrect barcode or enters the incorrect code for their item.

Self-checkout stores saw a 4% loss rate, which is more than twice the industry average, according to a recent survey.

Technical Difficulties

Many retailers have added security features—many of which can irritate customers—to their self-checkout devices in an effort to counteract their losses.

How often has the self-checkout kiosk at a retailer started yelling, “PLEASE REMOVE ITEM FROM BAGGING AREA,” even though there was nothing there? Or following all the guidelines exactly, but the machine freezes and begins to flash “Please wait for employee assistance,” negating the whole point of self-checkout? It really irritates me.

Longer Wait Times

Stores installed self-checkout lanes in an attempt to save time, but this isn’t always the case.

As previously said, malfunctioning equipment that has technical issues can cause delays and result in lengthy lineups at self-checkout (the self-checkout line at my local Target is frequently longer than any line at the cashier).

However, our fellow customers who utilize self-checkout without common sense are a major reason why it takes longer than it should. This has nothing to do with technology.

Everybody has witnessed customers pushing enormous carts filled to the brim with groceries as they go through the self-checkout line. How could this regular Joe or Jane, who probably doesn’t work in retail, believe they could bag and scan 100 goods more quickly than a regular cashier who is taught in the process? We get hot under the collar just thinking about it.

The Most Recent Information About Self-Checkout From Your Favorite Shops

Of course, when purchasing at the store, you can always choose not to use self-checkout.

With the ease of internet shopping, you can easily get whatever you need or want and have it delivered right to your door these days. Additionally, a few of retailers (such as Wegmans and Target) allow customers to use their mobile applications to schedule in-store or drive-up pickups, saving them the trouble of doing their own shopping.

Alternatively, you might go the conventional path and utilize a standard checkout lane.

Sometimes it’s worth standing in line to have a real person ring up your things. And isn’t it a pleasant sensation when the cashier asks you how your day is going and smiles? I’ve never had a self-checkout screen that accomplish that!

We understand, though, if you insist on being the self-checkout diva at your neighborhood supermarket. But remember that these setbacks can impact future shopping excursions.