Friday, August 07, 2009

1001 Ways To Tune Up The World, Number Two...

The world could be better... and for today and the next 999 days beyond, I'll provide 1001 ways to tune it up...

Have "personal cashiers" at the grocery store.

Why should we still be waiting in line at grocery stores? If there can be self-checkouts, why not self-checkouts that can be put on the cart or carried around? Here's what I envision: Every grocery cart is equipped with a little scanner on it. When you enter the store, you swipe your debit card through the machine. Then, as you walk through the store, you scan the items and put them into the cart -- keeping a running total of your purchases and allowing you to leave at any time, without waiting.

There could also be smaller ones for baskets if people aren't doing as much shopping. And, revenue stream: The scanners could be equipped to offer suggestions. Put bread in, and the scanner could notify you that mayo is on sale in aisle 5. Put in crackers and cheese, and it'll suggest a nice bottle of wine.

Better budgeting, better ad revenues, no cashiers and no waiting.

Prior entries:

1. Don't earn more than $200,000 per year.

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