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(RSS) Method for Sealing Shopping Bags for Self-Checkout

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028738D
Original Publication Date: 2004-May-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-May-28

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Many self-checkout stations used in retail establishments weigh the shopping bag as items are scanned and placed in the bag. The additional weight is compared to the expected weight for the item scanned. This is a means of keeping the customer honest and preventing theft. Some systems have the bags on a conveyor system and some use a simple weight platform. In either case, once all of the items are scanned, the bags are removed from the security device and placed back into a shopping cart to be transported out of the store. A remaining concern is that the customer may try to add items that were never scanned to the open bags in the cart thereby circumventing the security system. The solution to the above problem is to seal the bag prior to removing the bag from the weighing mechanism. In this way the store can be sure no additional items are added to the bags later.