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Chapter 35. Simplifying Shopping with Se... > Features and Considerations

Features and Considerations

What makes self-checkout so effortless is the human-factors engineering that manufacturers such as NCR have placed into their design. Scanning is easy because there are often two scanners: one flat scanner and one vertical scanner. This way, your items are easily scanned via the barcode laying face down or pointing away from you. The range of payment options is also convenient, and support for coupons and produce items means that most transactions can be automated.

If you’re wondering about theft prevention, the machines have several mechanisms to prevent theft, including reconciling the weight of an item with its product description to ensure that what’s scanned is really the correct product.


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