Costco Gives Health Workers And First Responders Front Of Line Priority

With health workers experiencing the horrors of COVID-19 first hand, many business have taken to supporting these brave individuals in however way they can. This includes advancing to the front of the long lines to enter Costco Warehouses.

Costco is now granting priority access to healthcare workers and first responders during the days of this pandemic. This extends to police officers, EMTs, and firefighters. All these guests will need to do is present a Costco membership card and an official form of identification that clearly states their role and they will automatically be allowed to jump in front of any line in order to enter the warehouse.

With healthcare workers and first responders pulling double, sometimes triple duties during this pandemic, skipping the line is the least we can all offer them.

At the time of publication, the earlier hours for seniors and two persons per membership card being allowed into the warehouse is still in effect as well.

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Robotic Self-Checkout Instantly Scans And Bags Your Groceries

Lawson grocery store in Osaka, Japan thinks it has found the future of shopping, as they collaborated with Panasonic to create a check-out counter that will not only scan the items in your basket, but instantly bag them.

The basket itself has sensors that detect the items you place inside. Once you’re done shopping and want to check out, the register has a dedicated space for the basket where your groceries are automatically scanned.

Then the really cool part happens, as the bottom drops from the basket, and your groceries safely fall into a bag.

It’s a pretty neat concept, but it would never work for customers who shop big.

We’d also be more excited about this if Amazon hadn’t recently announced the true future of grocery shopping by eliminating the checkout counters altogether.

Still, this is a busy, anti-social introvert’s dream, until an error occurs and you have to ask a pesky human for help.

h/t cnet

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Amazon Built A Grocery Store With No Check-Out Counters

If the future of grocery shopping means not having to deal with a line, or a cashier that hates their life, count me in.

Amazon just built a grocery store in Seattle that does away with the entire checkout experience, letting you grab your groceries, and walk out when you please.

To the naked eye, it looks like shoplifting, but they’re using something called, “Just Walk Out Technology,” where the store uses sensors, and computer-vision technology so your phone detects when you grab something off the shelf.

It all starts as soon as you walk into the “Amazon Go” store and their app gets activated. Your phone then syncs to every single product inside the store.
Once you pick out your groceries, the app puts them in a digital shopping cart. The tech is so refined, that even if you put the item back, your phone still reads the process, and takes it off your shopping cart.

With your groceries recorded in the application’s shopping cart, you can walk out of the store, as the products automatically get charged to your Amazon account.

Right now, it’s in its beginning stages, and only accessible to Amazon employees, but the store will be open to the public in early 2017, with an estimated 2,000 stores opening within the decade, according to Supermarket News.