BOSTON (CBS) — Starting Monday shoppers at Stop & Shop stores in Massachusetts will be able to use their iPhones as a self checkout device.

Currently the stores offer their scanner guns to customers to use as self checkout devices, but now Modiv Media of Quincy has developed an iPhone application to take the place of the store’s devices.

“Instead of being a device that the store purchases and you borrow it happens to be your device,” Paul Schaut of Modiv Media told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

Listen to Paul Schaut of Modiv Media

The apps will work at the stores in Braintree, Quincy and Plymouth with the intention of adding more stores throughout the year. Schaut explains when shoppers get to the store they can check in and with your phone scan items going into your grocery cart. Currently the app is only supported by iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4.

“When you’re done you check out just as you would check out in the normal self check out lane without having to rescan your items,” said Schaut, adding that the new app will get customers out of the store faster.

He also said as shoppers use the app they’ll know the total of what they’re buying as they shop and they will get specials just for them.

“You’re given targeted offers that are only for you because the system knows what you’ve been buying in the past year, and the system knows where you are in the store, and it knows you like certain types of products. And so offers targeted just for you show up in the aisle while you’re shopping,” Schaut said.

Comments (6)
  1. Denise says:

    Oh surprise! Anyone that uses those hand scanners and/or this app is just giving this company what it wants – the ability to lay off more workers. 1 person can monitor numerous “self check out” registers – therefore no need to real people. I know many people that work for this company and I can’t find one that actually believes that they are protected (union or not) in any way from being let go at the whim of the company! This company has lieing cheating self promoting upper managment just like any other company!

  2. J says:

    I’m going to have to disagree with the above comments. I know first hand because i work here. Youre still going to need customer service baggers porters grocery clerks ect. this is just a faster way to get through shopping. If im not mistaken there actually looking for more workers. So dont jump to conclusions

  3. DAN says:

    J, I work at Stop and Shop as well, and yes, we do need all those people to stock t he shelves. But just look at the self scan, and the Easy Shop. They’re making it so they DON’T have to hire more people. That’s 5 registers that don’t need cashiers, not to mention how much money is going out the door with these “Easy Steal” shoppers. This is guaranteed to make stealing even easier.

  4. justsayin' says:

    Do I get a discount for doing the cashier’s job? I am saving any store with self check out by using it, they don’t need as many cashiers. But do they pass that savings on to the consumer? NO, NO, NO. I will continue to use a cashier, thank you.

  5. D says:

    Technology has already been created by NCR that utilizes an archway equipped with RFID readers that scan information from RFID microchips embedded in product packaging. All you have to do is push the full cart through the archway, and all products are instantly “rung uep”.
    All you have to do is pay at a terminal after the archway.
    The only thing holding back this systems use is the fact that the chips are cost prohibitive at this time. That will change soon – we all know that a microchip with today’s technology will see its costs drop dramatically over time.
    The technology is coming soon to replace cashiers in grocery stores. They will be a thing of the past. Best guess is in 15 years there will be zero cashiers in grocery stores.

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