Checkout the Self-Checkout Smartphone App

Posted by David Murray on July 13, 2012

You can seemingly find everything at the supermarket these days. And well, now you can turn your phone into a checkout too. Thanks to QThru self-checkout smartphone app, customers can download an app that allows them to scan items with their phones. To complete the checkout process, shoppers enter a previously stored passcode and scan a QR code at a checkout kiosk, which completes the transaction with their phone. The kiosk generates a receipt that is reviewed by a store employee at the door. As a consumer, I have to say the promise of busting lines and being my own checkout person is very attractive.

The app, which is still in pilot phase at the IGA Ridge Supermarket in Snoqualmie, WA will be expanded to other supermarkets and retail stores owned by the Myers Group in the Seattle area. One can imagine that the success of the app depends on a reliable, but also speedy Internet connection. More and more supermarkets are hubs of connectivity. You may not have known it but your average supermarket can have 12 or more independent networks that are vital to operations and allow customers to engage across multiple types of products and advertising. Here are just a few examples:

  • Customer WiFi
  • Inventory Management
  • Point-of-Sale Systems
  • Security: Video Surveillance
  • Healthcare: Blood pressure kiosks
  • Kiosk: DVD Rental
  • Kiosk: Propane Gas for BBQ
  • Kiosk: Coins
  • Kiosk: Self-checkout
  • ATMs
  • Digital Signage
  • Lottery Tickets
  • Waste Management: Recycling

As a global leader of 3G/4G network solutions, CradlePoint has helped customers deploy networks for all of the above and more. Our solutions allow innovators to enable their network dependent solutions like self checkout apps virtually anywhere. Now, if they could just invent an app to bag my groceries and cook dinner, I would be golden.