Woolworths\' sneaky checkout trick
Woolworths' self-serve checkouts now have a subtle feature being used to stop theft and help customers scan groceries faster.
No longer can cheeky shoppers scan avocados as carrots to avoid paying the full price of more expensive vegies, as new technology at self-serve checkouts can now detect the type of loose product a customer is purchasing.
The new ' Picklist Assist' feature allows the scanner to analyse the subtle characteristics of the product being weighed has already rolled out to 220 of Woolworths' 1050 stores.
Once a fruit or vegie is placed on the scanner, it scans the items and screens will only offer a shortlist of three fruit and vegetable options.
"The system uses image recognition technology to filter the list of possible products based on their colour, shape or size," said a Woolworths spokesperson.
"So if a customer places a loose tomato on the scanner, the system will show a range of tomato varieties rather than the full list of fruit and veg items.
"This makes self-serve that little bit faster and improves the accuracy of product selection for customers."
It is hoped the new tech will not only stop thieves but also help make shoppers' checkout faster.
"We're always looking for ways to make shopping easier for our customers," said the Woolworths spokesperson.
"As we progressively upgrade our assisted checkouts, we have access to new technology, which helps customers find loose fruit and veg items in the system faster.