'Genius' new Woolies checkout feature shaves minutes off shopping

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Shoppers are raving about a ‘game-changing’ new feature on Woolworths checkouts that could shave minutes off your next grocery run.

Self-service machines in dozens of supermarkets across Australia are now fitted with a robotic scale which detects what type of item has been placed on it.

Brisbane podcaster Scotty McDonald showcased the new feature in a video uploaded to TikTok, showing viewers how it identifies the type of fruit or vegetable in a matter of seconds.

‘Welcome robot shopping overlord. This is genius!’ Mr McDonald said in the clip as he demonstrated the scale almost instantly reading a range of fresh product at the Annerley store.

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© Provided by Daily Mail Self-service machines in dozens of supermarkets across Australia are now fitted with a robotic scale which detects what type of item has been placed on it
© Provided by Daily Mail Brisbane podcaster Scotty McDonald showcased the new feature in a video uploaded to TikTok, showing viewers how it identifies the type of fruit or vegetable in a matter of seconds

The revelation, which has racked up 59,600 views since it was shared online on September 12, quickly sparked amusing responses.


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‘I guess I won’t be getting red capsicum for green capsicum price anymore,’ one person replied. 

‘Nooo, I can’t scam them anymore!’ said a second, while a third added: ‘Time to wrap my avocados in onion skin.’

Others marvelled at the AI-enabled technology, with one person writing: ‘Cool! I work close by, will have to go shopping there! I like their shop and pay thing too so much easier.’ 

© Provided by Daily Mail Woolworths’ ‘Scan & Go’ system (pictured) was first trialled in Double Bay in Sydney’s east in 2018, before it was rolled out to 36 stores across the country

Woolworths’ ‘Scan & Go’ system was first trialled in Double Bay in Sydney’s east in 2018, before it was rolled out to 36 stores across the country after overwhelmingly positive feedback, news.com.au reported.

The system, which is built into the Woolworths mobile app, also allows customers to scan items with their phone as they browse in-store and pay for them in the app before checking out through a Scan & Go machine at the exit.

The service is available at both self-service and operator-manned checkouts in participating stores. 

A full list of supermarkets connected to the Scan & Go system can be found on the Woolworths website.

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