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'Green receipt' hardbutton on printer for indicating need for full receipt

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000181645D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Apr-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Apr-08
Document File: 1 page(s) / 21K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

One method for reducing checkout times is moving certain tasks to the customer side; one potential customer-facing task is interaction with the receipt (coupon, etc.) printer (i.e., obtaining the receipt from the printer). Many entities have identified reducing and/or eliminating paper receipts as a potential "green" improvement to the retail transaction process. However, processes for enabling soft (electronic) receipts, abbreviated receipts, etc., are often cumbersome and the use of paper receipts prevails. This invention teachers a method for enabling local control of whether a full, 'green' (i.e., short receipt that includes a barcode/identifier that can be used by retailer and possibly customer to acquire comprehensive transaction information), or no receipt is printed using a hard button located on or networked to the printer itself.

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'Green receipt' hardbutton on printer for indicating need for full receipt

Background

Retailers are constantly looking for ways to reduce checkout times at cash/wraps for customers as well as the costs of consumables (e.g., paper, ink). One method for reducing checkout times is moving certain tasks to the customer side; one potential customer-facing task is interaction with the receipt (coupon, etc.) printer (i.e., obtaining the receipt from the printer). Many entities have identified reducing and/or eliminating paper receipts as a potential "green" improvement to the retail transaction process. However, processes for enabling soft (electronic) receipts, abbreviated receipts, etc., are often cumbersome and the use of paper receipts prevails.

Invention

This invention teachers a method for enabling local control of whether a full, 'green' (i.e., short receipt that includes a barcode/identifier that can be used by retailer and possibly customer to acquire comprehensive transaction information), or no receipt is printed using a hard button located on or networked to the printer itself.

This invention prevents significant usability advantages to distal control of receipt printing, including the following:

     ~ Simplified, local control associated with the printing action itself to facilitate increased acceptance from customers and promotion by cashiers

     ~ Ability to make reciept control (and retrieval) a customer task during the tr...