Grocers Using Honeywell Secondary Scanners in Checkout to Minimize Shopper/Cashier Contact
Barry J. Ewell
April 7, 2020
As the focus on health and safety continues to spread, grocery and supermarket chains have ramped up safety measures to protect customers, shoppers, and associates. The new measures are critical in preventing the spread of infection as stores stay open to serve their communities.
Among the key changes that have been put in place, increased care has been on checkout where shoppers and associates have the highest level of contact. Walmart, Target, Korger, Safeway, and others1 have announced changes that include:
- Plastic barriers. Installing Plexiglas/plastic barriers at checkout and service desks to protect customers and employees. The Plexiglas acts as a sneeze-guard protective barrier between customers and checkers. This is an extra step to protect store associates who are in constant contact with the public.
- One person at a time. Requesting only one person at a time at each checkout station, both to maintain the necessary space and to allow the associate to properly clean and sanitize the station between customers.
- Downloading store apps. Asking customers to download store shopping apps, and pay with a scan of their phone screen, no touching, keypads, or signature required.
- Adding signs. Adding signs at the front of stores and floor decals at the checkout to maintain safe distances between guests as they shop.
- Checkout cleaning. Cleaning checkout stations will be cleaned after each shopper transaction.
- Associates directing shoppers. Dedicating team members to ensure shoppers wait in line at an appropriate distance until they're called to the register.
- Rotating checkout stations. Rotating the use of our checkout stations to allow those not in use to be deep-cleaned.
- Floor markings. Putting down floor markings in stores to show both customers and associates what is a safe distance to stand.
- Dedicated secondary scanner devices. Using dedicated secondary scanning devices, allow the cashier to read barcodes on loyalty cards/phone, digital coupons, ID cards for age restricted items, and bottom of the basket items without touching the personal item.
Honeywell Secondary Scanners in Checkout
The Honeywell secondary scanner is proving to be valued resource for the grocery and supermarket changes. Without a secondary scanner, the cashier would be forced to take the loyalty card or personal item and either hand-key or conduct an additional scan into the system. Honeywell secondary scanners that are being used in variety of checkout scenarios include:
Honeywell’s Xenon Extreme Performance (XP) 1952g-bf cordless, battery-free general-purpose scanner offers superior scanning performance at a distance, even on damaged and poor-quality barcodes. This prevents the need for cashiers to touch and hand key in the barcode number. The battery-free technology allows the cashier to remain untethered and is ready to perform approximately 450 scans on a single 60-second charge.
Honeywell’s Xenon Extreme Performance (XP)1952h-bf cordless battery-free healthcare scanner offers the same scanning capabilities with disinfectant-ready plastics, which are built to withstand the effects of harsh cleaning agents and help minimize the spread of infectious disease.
The Honeywell Vuquest 3320g is a small, mountable scanner for grocers that prefer the scanning be conducted by the customer rather than their cashier. Grocers can mount the scanner at checkout prompting the shopper to present their barcode for scanning.
Honeywell’s lineup of barcode scanners offers a safer alternative, while allowing for increased cashier productivity. Their ability to accurately read 1D and 2D barcodes the first time eliminates wasted seconds from every transaction, while minimizing unnecessary contact, and allows for servicing of more shoppers.
Honeywell’s barcode scanners are simple to integrate with existing IT infrastructure, shortening ramp up times and getting critical tech in place to meet today’s demand.
Special Financing with Honeywell-as-a-Service
In recent days, organizations wishing to quickly add secondary scanning solutions have inquired about financing to preserve cashflow. Honeywell-as-a-Service is an offering that helps you navigate technology challenges. It provides you with an innovative approach to acquire software, hardware, and services and pay for them through a monthly payment with no upfront capital outlay
Contact a Honeywell Solutions Expert today! Call 1-800-934-3163.
Barry J. Ewell is a Senior Content Marketing Communications Specialist for Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions. He has been researching and writing on supply chain topics since 1991.