Original Publication Date: 1988-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15
Disclosed are enhancements to a grocery buggy, including a computer with a "touch" display, a UPC scanner, and a "smart card" reader. The quantity of checkout counters and the length of customer lines continues to increase in the supermarket industry. Restructuring can impart most of the functions to the control of the consumer. The tasks of price totaling, inventory control, and credit/debit card validation can be done as the items are selected "at the buggy level" as the customer strolls through the store. The consumer inserts a "smart card" into a reader on the buggy and the consumer's pre-prepared grocery list is loaded into the buggy's computer memory. The reader also accepts the consumer's credit, debit, or welfare card for payment.