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Hardware, Software & Method for using Personal Shopping Bag in Self Checkout Lane

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000197728D
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-20
Document File: 3 page(s) / 37K

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Abstract

Disclosed are hardware, software and a method that allow a shopper to use a personal bag in the self-checkout lanes. A shopper would use this method to identify that they have personal bags, weigh them, use them in the bagging area, complete their shopping experience and get a discount for the number of personal bags they have used, if these are offered by the retailer.

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Hardware, Software & Method for using Personal Shopping Bag in Self Checkout Lane

Disclosed are hardware, software and a method that allow a shopper to use a personal bag in the self-checkout lanes. A shopper would use this method to identify that they have personal bags, weigh them, use them in the bagging area, complete their shopping experience and get a discount for the number of personal bags they have used, if these are offered by the retailer.

The hardware includes hooks & a scale area where a personal shopping bag can be weighed. This is the Personal Bag Weighing Area. Users can put multiple bags here at once, and as each one is removed, the weight is passed to the system to be stored. Alternately, users can weigh one bag at a time where each bag's weight can then be passed to the system to be stored. This can but does not have to be separate from scales in a bagging area.

Hardware also includes a Personal Bag Bagging Area. This is similar to the existing Bagging Area, with software enabled to support personal bag use. This can be distinct from the existing Bagging Area, or can be a separate space. When a bag is introduced to the Personal Bag Bagging Area, a weight is identified with it, the scale is set to zero and bagging proceeds as usual.

The software includes icons on the user interface that deploy aspects of the person bag software loop, and the personal bag software loop itself.

Hardware, Software & Method:

Shopper approaches the self checkout lane with Personal Bag Use supported.
1. At the start of the checkout experience, shopper is asked if they have a personal bag (Fig. 1) .

If Yes, this deploys the Personal Shopping Bag Loop:
2. Shopper is prompted to hang bag in Personal Bag Weighing Area --> this weight is stored in software memory as weight x.
3. Shopper scans item & places into personal bag.
4. Repeat 3 until all items are scanned.
5. If user wants to introduce another bag, shopper can press the Personal Shopping Bag Icon available on screen throughout the shopping experience (Fig. 2)...