(Business Model) No Wait Shopping
Pay-as-you go system that makes shopping easier for everyone
The idea behind No Wait Shopping is that customers are given a device which they can use to scan products as they shop. Customers can purchase these products as they go, or use the device to look up prices and sales. Customers can wait until they are finished gathering their products, and run their credit cards or have the purchases charged to a store account. For the customer, this saves the time they would spend waiting in line, and also gives them a tool that helps them track their purchases. For the company, this eliminates a lot of line-traffic and reduces labor costs. It may also cause customers to make better use of product deals and coupons, giving the company a stronger hand in what customers buy.
Precedents (points of departure)
Though IntelliScanner is small and portable, it does not have the communication hardware to process credit card information.
"Portable Barcode Scanner"
Cell Phone Apps
Walmart, along with other companies, have a smart-phone application that can be used in-store to scan and check out items. Walmart's particular implementation, Scan and Go enables users to save some time by scanning their items, but does not allow checkout from the phone. Users will still spend time in line, and users without smartphones will not experience benefit.