Browse Prior Art Database

Method and System for Handling of Items during Retail Checkout

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000219050D
Publication Date: 2012-Jun-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 20K

Publishing Venue

The IP.com Prior Art Database

Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for guiding a cashier or clerk to handle and pack items being purchased in a retail environment.

This text was extracted from a PDF file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 59% of the total text.

Page 01 of 2

Method and System for Handling of Items during Retail Checkout

Disclosed is a method and system for guiding a cashier or clerk to handle and pack items being purchased in a retail environment.

Generally, consumers in retail environments have a preference as to how the items purchased by them needs to be packed at the time of checkout. For example, consumers may prefer certain frozen items, meat products etc. to be packed separately or in individual plastic bags. Similarly, eggs, loaves of bread, and other fragile items may need to be packed separately or on top of heavier items.

In accordance with the method and system as each item is scanned at checkout, a unique audible tone is emitted by a scanner to guide the cashier or clerk on the appropriate manner of handling and packing the items being purchased. The acoustic characteristics of the tone such as but not limited to the pitch or frequency, duration, and possible repetition of the tone is designed such that the tone is clearly distinct from the scanner tones already in use.

In an exemplary implementation, consider an auditory method and system of guiding the cashier or clerk at time of checkout. For example, a single, low-pitched beep of moderate duration may be used to indicate to the cashier or clerk that the item should be placed in a separate plastic bag prior to being packed with other items purchased. Alternately, a pair of short duration beeps may be used to indicate to the cashier or clerk that the...