Beta

×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Microsoft Will Stream Ads To Grocery Carts

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the do-you-want-fries-with-that dept.

Microsoft 484

dptalia writes "Later this year, at ShopRite supermarkets in the eastern US, Microsoft will be rolling out computerized shopping carts. These carts will allow people with a ShopRite card to enter their shopping list on the ShopRite site from home, and then pull up the list on their grocery cart when they swipe their card. The new carts will also display advertisements depending on where in the supermarket the cart is, using RFID technology to help locate it."

cancel ×

484 comments

Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected.

obligatory (2, Funny)

sltd (1182933) | more than 6 years ago | (#22045990)

yeah, but will it run linux?

Re:obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046106)

Well, it's a Microsoft project, so someone probably borrowed some code somewhere.

Microsoft: a bunch of thieving niggers (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046172)

Mod this down if you secretly harbor a desire to have Steve Ballmer hurl a chair at your nappy, ribbon-covered head.

Re:obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046254)

is this the "obligatory" thread? it's Microsoft, where are the BSOD jokes? Sheeh

Re:obligatory (4, Funny)

Divebus (860563) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046258)

Whole new application for the term "Crash Cart".

Of course it will. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046120)

Those grocery cart adserving systems will run Linux, as most things will, and in fact Linux is so well-designed it will run as fast as a nigger runs on the Serengeti when being chased by a leopard or a system 7.

Re:obligatory (4, Funny)

SpaceLifeForm (228190) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046462)

You don't want it to run Linux.
Every BSOD rewards the shopper with free cart of groceries.
Shop early, shop often!
It's the new version of Supermarket Sweep [wikipedia.org]

Sound clip (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046000)

Here's a sample sound clip. [tinyurl.com]

Baaaaahhaaah! Baaaahhh! (4, Funny)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046006)

I went to a Shell gas station a few months ago and they had 19" flat screen TVs above every pump, playing the news and running commercials at an ear piercing level. It was unbelievable. I left, and figured that was an idea that couldn't possibly last long. But lo and behold, just a few days ago I drove by and the damn place was PACKED with customers listening to that shit, half of them staring blankly at the telescreens because they can't stand for three damn minutes to be alone with their thoughts while their tank fills.

I thought the same thing about savings cards. YOU SAVED $18.43 MISTER LIVESTOCK! Surely people can not be this dumb, and this idea will fail... but no.

The vast majority of the population just eats this shit up. They actually read their junk mail. If it weren't for them you wouldn't get junk mail, because it wouldn't be worth mailing in the first place.

It is so sad. I do my part by avoiding these establishments, but I'm afraid it's not doing a damn bit of good.

Re:Baaaaahhaaah! Baaaahhh! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046032)

Couldn't have said it better myself.

Amazes me, the shit that people will support. Give them a credit card and they'll buy their own golden cage and cheerfully lock themselves inside.

ObCaptcha: "Stress".

Re:Baaaaahhaaah! Baaaahhh! (4, Informative)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046082)

I went to a Shell gas station a few months ago and they had 19" flat screen TVs above every pump, playing the news and running commercials at an ear piercing level. It was unbelievable. I left, and figured that was an idea that couldn't possibly last long. But lo and behold, just a few days ago I drove by and the damn place was PACKED with customers listening to that shit, half of them staring blankly at the telescreens because they can't stand for three damn minutes to be alone with their thoughts while their tank fills.

As a subscriber you are probably not aware that /. has started inserting banner ads after some posts.

Re:Baaaaahhaaah! Baaaahhh! (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046124)

So that's what those are! I kept seeing all these huge white spaces and I thought that slashdot or one of my extensions had a bug. ** Hugs adblock plus

Re:Baaaaahhaaah! Baaaahhh! (1)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046136)

As a subscriber you are probably not aware that /. has started inserting banner ads after some posts.

Gasoline and groceries are commodities that you can buy wherever you like, with or without the BS. The point is that people _choose_ to buy them from places like I mentioned because they PREFER to be bombarded with advertising and promos.

Re:Baaaaahhaaah! Baaaahhh! (1)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046316)

Gasoline and groceries are commodities that you can buy wherever you like, with or without the BS. The point is that people _choose_ to buy them from places like I mentioned because they PREFER to be bombarded with advertising and promos.

___

I always pay@thepump (Esso) with a credit or debit card to avoid queues with dumbwits buying all sorts of stuff slowing me down.

Re:Baaaaahhaaah! Baaaahhh! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046488)

You seem to be under the impression that your view of this particular situation is the better one. Why is that? Why not just let the people who enjoy it, enjoy it. You'd do wise to take the Libertarian high road - don't assume just because it's *your* opinion of the matter that it's automatically the superior one.

Oh, gawd... (3, Interesting)

beadfulthings (975812) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046524)

Have you not had adverts blaring at you while taking care of business in a public washroom? Or is that form of torture reserved for the female of the species, since we're confined to stalls while we're in there? Of course, the possibilities for wide-screen above a row of urinals do come to mind, so they'll get you eventually if they haven't already. First time I saw this was in the ladies' at a beachfront bar--actually a pretty respectable establishment--where they blared commercials for waterfront properties. That was a couple of years ago. Most recent sighting was a couple of months ago at a favorite Chinese restaurant in a city 200 miles inland. It gives new meaning to the term "captive audience."

Re:Baaaaahhaaah! Baaaahhh! (2, Insightful)

doombringerltx (1109389) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046114)

The gas station on my way home from school has something similar. It blares audio only ads, but it has a mute button on it so I have no problem. Hitting the mute button has been as much of my gas pumping routine as hitting "no" for that car wash they are always trying to pimp.

In Shicago Re:Baaaaahhaaah! Baaaahhh! (1)

mrmeval (662166) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046128)

They have full video billboards. The same effect works miracles on drivers.

Re:Baaaaahhaaah! Baaaahhh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046146)

Esso has been doing that around here for a while. After my first experience with that, I've never gone to another Esso gas station. I'll drive a couple of extra miles just to find another gas station.

My aren't you blowing high and mighty (1, Insightful)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046180)

Advertising has ALWAYS been with us. When commerce became viable the person selling something has always had to attract people to buy their wares. Not just the actual product but to buy it from them.

And it works, you fall for it too. How else do you know it was a SHELL gas station? If you were imune to it and not a sheep you would just tank at any gas station. (but without any advertising whatsoever, how would you know it is a gas station?) You obviously saw Shells adversting, yes even the sign that says Shell is part of advertising.

So feel all high and mighty, the advertisers know your kind and they target you most succesfully.

As for saving cards, good don't use them. Supermarkets are sure to care that they do not have to give you that discount. Teach them a lesson, pay more!

However I wouldn't be too worried, I seen these things before. They come and go and I am still shopping in pretty much the same ways as I did 30 years ago. Nothing changes, LCD displays on shopping carts? Those highly expensive shopping carts that already dissappear left and right? Wait until they are faced with replacing a few dozen lost carts, then it is back to the cardboard display.

About the only chance I seen stick is that vegetables and such are now weiged at the checkout, that shopping carts have a deposit system (50 cents for a cart that costs far far more) and that we switched from checks to pin (electronic payment). Advertisement is still on pieces of paper, exactly the same as when I was a little kid, and when my parents were kids and their parents were kids.

Re:My aren't you blowing high and mighty (4, Interesting)

ZorbaTHut (126196) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046210)

And it works, you fall for it too. How else do you know it was a SHELL gas station? If you were imune to it and not a sheep you would just tank at any gas station. (but without any advertising whatsoever, how would you know it is a gas station?) You obviously saw Shells adversting, yes even the sign that says Shell is part of advertising.

I did the same thing that the GP did, and the only reason I know it was a Shell station is because I explicitly checked once the ads started so I'd know which gas stations to avoid in the future. I wouldn't have known it was Shell if they hadn't made me care.

Re:My aren't you blowing high and mighty (1)

glindsey (73730) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046318)

And it works, you fall for it too. How else do you know it was a SHELL gas station? If you were imune to it and not a sheep you would just tank at any gas station. (but without any advertising whatsoever, how would you know it is a gas station?) You obviously saw Shells adversting, yes even the sign that says Shell is part of advertising.

So feel all high and mighty, the advertisers know your kind and they target you most succesfully.
Hmmm, let me check my dictionary... no, wait, I'm sorry, I don't see "piss the fuck out of me so much that I consciously remember which gas station this is so I can avoid it like the plague, even if it means driving five miles out of my way" as a definition for "successful". You must be using some sort of mystical marketing dictionary.

As for saving cards, good don't use them. Supermarkets are sure to care that they do not have to give you that discount. Teach them a lesson, pay more!
Me: "Oh, I'm sorry, I seem to have forgotten my card at home!"

Clerk: "Don't worry, I got it." *keys in the "store card"*

I have only once had a clerk who wouldn't give me the discount anyway. Even better, fill out several applications for savings cards, putting the most ridiculous crap you can think of on there, and choose one card at random each time you shop. There's nothing saying you have to provide them with accurate statistical data.

Re:Baaaaahhaaah! Baaaahhh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046238)

Could be worse... I've seen similar things (telescreens) in toilets just above the urinal. It was so very, very tempting to use said screen for target practice, but I decided it wasn't worth risking whatever voltages might be contained inside.

Re:Baaaaahhaaah! Baaaahhh! (5, Insightful)

Dirtside (91468) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046262)

I do my part by avoiding these establishments, but I'm afraid it's not doing a damn bit of good.
The "damn bit of good" that you can do (and is easy) is to write pen-and-paper letters to those establishments explaining why you will not shop there. One person's letter usually won't thwart a multi-million dollar campaign, but it could be the straw that breaks the camel's back; and simply avoiding the establishment doesn't tell them why. That's the critical thing; avoiding a store for reasons you haven't explained to them doesn't help them change.

The best thing to do in such a letter is to be polite, precise, and calm. Insulting them or railing at them will just make them throw your letter away. Here's a sample letter, feel free to mangle it to your needs:

"I'm a long-time customer at Shell, and I almost always get my gas there (at your Main Street location in Los Santos) because it's so convenient for my drive to work. But ever since those flat-panel TVs have been installed out in the pump area, it's nearly unbearable to pump gas. Not only is the audio loud and distracting, but the TVs seem to cause people to take significantly longer to pump their gas (they just stand around staring at the TVs), meaning I end up waiting to get gas. As a result I've decided to start getting my gas at [insert local independent gas station here]. Maybe if the TVs are removed I might come back to Shell, but for now it's just not worth it.

Sincerely, Soandso"

And be sure you do this on PAPER, signed in pen, and mailed to their corporate headquarters. From a customer-service standpoint, this is the kind of letter companies tend to love, because 1) it's not insulting, rude, demanding, or insane; and 2) it provides actual useful feedback from actual customers. As a bonus, sometimes companies will send you free stuff, or gift certificates, or coupons, or whatever, usually worth more than the letter cost you to write and mail ;)

Re:Baaaaahhaaah! Baaaahhh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046514)

One person's letter usually won't thwart a multi-million dollar campaign

Neither will ten thousand letters, as long as the business numbers tell a different story. That's the sad bit: These things work. The company won't even notice that some people leave, because more come.

I love those shell tv's (2, Insightful)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046324)

seriously. There well done. Its not all ads, there are news and wheather shorts as well. I listen to sirus radio all day and surf the web w/adblocker, so they are jsut aobut the only ads I see. And also the only local tv I see either. I have all of the day to spend with my thoughts I don't mind being entertained briefly.

Now if you want to see advertising at its most crass, and annoylingly blatant I suggust you look at miejers ( never know how to spell that, what the heck is a J doing in the middle of the word. Seriously.) Tv's showing ads for their products at checkup. You have to wait in line because they don't hire enough people and just stand there while they tell you how to combine three different crappy processed to hell kraft foods into some stomach turningly insane caserol that your get your kids into Harvard, and zombify your husband.

Rant ...almost complete

SHell is good, mjeijers bad!!

Rant complete

Re:Baaaaahhaaah! Baaaahhh! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046438)

How the hell is that funny? It's depressing, that's what it is. The only consolation is that the shopping carts will probably be very hackable. I long to see the face of the attentive customer when he learns about goatse.

Re:Baaaaahhaaah! Baaaahhh! (1)

Gewalt (1200451) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046450)

That was a most excellent diatribe, thanks for that.

Same Verse, Little Bit Louder Little Bit Worse (1)

Amorymeltzer (1213818) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046020)

So... now I have to ignore popups in the supermarket instead of just online? Progress++

Fucking spammers (5, Interesting)

taustin (171655) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046028)

If these fucking things make the slightest bit of noise, I swear I'm going to light it on fire, and start growing my own food.

Re:Fucking spammers (4, Funny)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046100)

If these fucking things make the slightest bit of noise

With the volume up: Thank you for buying ansell condoms. People who purchased this product also bought...

Re:Fucking spammers (4, Funny)

nacturation (646836) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046190)

With the volume up: Thank you for buying ansell condoms. People who purchased this product also bought...
... diapers, usually after about a nine month delay.

Speaking of that, when I initially glanced at the title I thought it read "Microsoft Will Stream Ass to Grocery Carts". I don't know whether to be relieved or disappointed.
 

Re:Fucking spammers (1)

digitalchinky (650880) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046422)

You could just stick your kid(s) in the trolley with a few indestructible toys and encourage them to pound on it a little bit too.

Now Bill Gates, Ray Ozzie & Steve Ballmer (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046034)

can advertise in the aisles?
to hawk Vista to niggers while they buy their chicken and watermelons?
ABSURD

oh great (5, Interesting)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046042)

So now when I put stump remover and sugar together on my list I gaurantee I'm gonna be put on some sort of terrorist list (cuz you can make a bomb out of that). Not to mention any other privacy concerns. I don't even want someone to so much as see my list before I get there. They'd have to password it. Then people forget their passwords. Or someone rigs it to record your password. Then you can't log in to your cart cuz the system is down and you have no idea what you were supposed to buy. I can only imagine how many rings of hell it would be to have Walmart employees support that high tech of a system.

Re:oh great (1)

sltd (1182933) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046090)

Do you put them on the same list often?

It'll be interesting to read the privacy policy on that thing, though. Not that anyone actually looks at that.

Re:oh great (1)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046440)

no, I get mine 99.99% pure pyrotechnics grade on ebay. And if you think I'm kidding search 17 pound desolator smoke bomb on youtube. And actually I got the sugar at Woodmans (small Wisconsin chain grocery store). And forget privacy, they can find out how much I love provalone as long as they protect my password but you just know they're gonna beam it wirelessly in plain text without any wireless encryption.

Don't worry about it, the carts won't work. (1)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046266)

Between two year olds yanking on the electronics, and, um careless, types tossing those 10 for a dollar cans of soup against it, they won't stay operational for long.

Seems like it is hard enough to find a regular old analog-wheels-to-hold-my-stuff cart that has all the welds intact. Imagine trying to find some wi-fi thingy that is working, charged up, etc.

Bah. When I was a kid we had to kill our own food. And we liked it!

Think of all the things in grocery stores... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046048)

...and the places they could go

Well, step aside my friend
I've been doing it for years
I say, sit on down, open your eyes
And open up your ears

Say
Put a tree in your butt
Put a bumblebee in your butt
Put a clock in your butt
Put a big rock in your butt
Put some fleas in your butt
Start to sneeze in your butt
Put a tin can in your butt
Put a little tiny man in your butt
Put a light in your butt
Make it bright in your butt
Put a TV in your butt
Put me in your butt
Everybody say

I, hey, that's, man, I ain't putting no trees in nobody's butt,
no bees in nobody's butt, putting nothing--
You must be out your mind, man,
y'all get paid for doing this?
Cause y'all gotta get some kind of money
Cause this don't sound like the kind of--
I'd rather golf, to be perfectly honest,
than put somethin in somebody's butt
to be truthful

Well step aside my friend and let me
show you how you do it
When big bad E just rock rock to it

Put a metal case in your butt
Put her face in your butt
Put a frown in your butt
Put a clown in your butt
Sit on down in your butt
Put a boat in your butt
Put a moat in your butt
Put a mink coat in your butt
Put everything in your butt
Just start to sing about your butt
Feels real good

If you don't like the ads... (5, Funny)

russotto (537200) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046060)

...just pick the shopping card displaying the Blue Screen of Death.

Actually, given how shopping carts are treated (banged around the parking lot, slammed around by the cart-pushers, left in the rain, cleaned with a high-pressure hose), I suspect quite a few of these will be broken shortly after introduction.

Re:If you don't like the ads... (1)

snl2587 (1177409) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046134)

I suspect quite a few of these will be broken shortly after introduction

What if they used the sapphire-crystal displays we say here a few weeks back?

Re:If you don't like the ads... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046226)

"sapphire-crystal displays"

Then you take a run past the shelve with the screwdrivers on it and get to work!

Re:If you don't like the ads... (1)

Divebus (860563) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046234)

I suspect quite a few of these will be broken shortly after introduction.

No bumping necessary. It's the only OS I know that will crash by itself if you leave it alone long enough.

Re:If you don't like the ads... (1)

penix1 (722987) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046256)

Actually, given how shopping carts are treated (banged around the parking lot, slammed around by the cart-pushers, left in the rain, cleaned with a high-pressure hose), I suspect quite a few of these will be broken shortly after introduction.


Well, at least the homeless will get to see what they can't afford as they pass by the store with the stolen cart.

Thats the microsoft curse. (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046470)

There products never break when you want them to. With my luck the shopping cart will be the one product they make that never breaks, probably due to three stooges syndrome [google.com] .

what a great time to be homeless (5, Funny)

infonography (566403) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046072)

Now you can have a shopping cart thats wired for the internet.

Cool. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046074)

well
i guess thats how the nigger crumbles.

RAPIER WIT FTW

It could be good! (2, Interesting)

cbreaker (561297) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046078)

I for one welcome the opportunity to rip one off of a shopping cart in the parking lot and seeing what's inside!

Re:It could be good! (1, Funny)

kilgortrout (674919) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046346)

And then make it run linux and return it filled with tux images.

Grocery stores are full of NIGGERS? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046084)

mod this down if you loathe niggers!

What is a grocery store? (3, Interesting)

Seumas (6865) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046086)

It's 2008 and people are still going to the store? Do people have so much disposable time and so little else they could do with many extra hours a month that they still go shopping in an actual store? Do they look forward so much to driving around, dealing with parking, shopping carts, lines, people, their bratty kids, aisles, noise and lugging things around?

It's 2008 and the big innovation is a shopping car that spams you while it directs you around a bunch of aisles essentially the same way we did in 1945, but with more targeted marking and shelving placement than ever? Really? That's the best we can do?

Maybe it's a generational thing, but I have not shopped in a grocery store in almost my entire adult life. The last time I went into a grocery store was 1999. I get my groceries delivered to me with the click of a button. I decide what time I want my groceries, they come to my door and carry them into my kitchen. I spend almost zero time involved in groceries. While this is probably only available in big cities like the bay area, Portland, Denver and others, this is something that should be both available *and* used everywhere by almost every one. You don't still go out and butcher or milk your own cow. You don't go out and pick your own oranges. So why wheel a cart around like some sort of trained monkey in a store full of fluorescent lights and elevator music and snotty whining kids grabbing things off the shelves and throwing tantrums in the middle of the aisle?

Hell, I haven't bought shoes in person or tools or entertainment in person in years, either. Except for rare instances involving things like my car that can't be otherwise addressed, I have reduced actual physical shopping to something I no longer "have" to do. For years, the only shopping I've had to do is that which I *choose* to do. Things that make it a luxury. Places and things that I can enjoy going to and shopping for (such as home entertainment stuff). I farm the crap shopping off to the wonderful services that Albertsons, Safeway, Kingsoopers and others now offer (and before that, Webvan, etc).

So that there's a new little attachment to a shopping car that more efficiently delivers shit to your eyeballs while supposedly easing up your shopping situation -- IN 2008 -- is the least impressive thing I've heard this year.

Re:What is a grocery store? (1, Flamebait)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046156)

I am guessing that you are not a woman.

Re:What is a grocery store? (2, Interesting)

Gyga (873992) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046170)

So it is more evolved to be lazy? I prefer to get up walk around the store talk with my friends that work there. Guess in a smaller town you get to meet people outside of your sphere of laze.

I'm sure one good wack into the side of an asile will disable these damn things. Or dropping a 50lb bag of chicken feed on it will do.

"butcher or milk your own cow" I get eggs from my chickens, does that count?

Re:What is a grocery store? (2, Interesting)

springbox (853816) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046232)

Shoes and clothes are something that almost always require me to go to a store. Not only is the experience of browsing fun but it's hard to judge how things will fit without physically trying them on. Online shopping is not going to replace things like this for the most part.

Congratulations on being a fat shut-in! (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046278)

Wow, you never leave your house to buy anything. Not exactly impressive, fatty, but I'm guessing you don't have much else to brag about.

Re:What is a grocery store? (3, Insightful)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046328)

Some people like to check the quality and pick produce themselves. I prefer shopping online too, but lets be honest, I don't know what I'm ordering exactly until it arrives, it could just as easily be poor quality as good.

Re:What is a grocery store? (2, Insightful)

WallyDrinkBeer (1136165) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046334)

Dude, first of all the dot com bubble ended a few years ago - It has generally be accepted that things like mail order pet shops are just not viable. Don't you want to try on shoes first - damn sizes are always screwy and feet are different widths?

Secondly, you sit in you house waiting for deliveries? - how quaint - just like the milk vendor used to in the old days. Just go to the shop and pick stuff up, why is that so hard. With the time you save not sitting around for the delivery illegal alien, you could be out saving the forests or killing wild animals for sport.

Marketing and shopping is about the experience and atmosphere, buying stuff online is for cave dwellers stuck in a bygone era - the 90's.

Re:What is a grocery store? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046348)

What do you want, a frikkin medal.

I will not buy clothes/shoes online because i like to try it on first, and examine the quality.

I dont have a problem driving 3mins to the supermarket, and getting it there, i can easily compare fat/sugar content with competing brands, if they are out of stock of a certain brand i can quickly and easily select something different. I can examine the meats to get the best cuts that i want.

Yesterday evening, i walked around 4km (return) to the shops and back just to get some Kantong sweet and sour sauce to cook with dinner (and it was a nice day and wanted a walk), it took me forever to find the stuff once i was there though. So I think it would be awesome if the new system also told you where abouts each item on the list is in the store (at least what isle or better what side and what what half of the isle its located), also tallying up how much the list should cost and alert to any specials that are on (eg 2 for 1) would be great as well.

Then id have to wait 5 years for that technology to make it to Aus.

Just because you dont like to leave the house don't assume no one prefers to shop in person.

Re:What is a grocery store? (1)

bashibazouk (582054) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046378)

Because going to the store I usually don't know what I will cook until I get there and see what's fresh. I don't want some random person picking the first piece of produce out of a box. I want the one that's actually ripe. I want to season it with the fresh herbs not the wilted ones. I want to choose the exact cut of meat, not any random old chunk. Is the fish fresh? Not going to touch it if it's not. I've been in Albertsons and safeways and I've found if the food is not packaged mass market stuff then it's usually pretty cheap and nasty. Plus you just don't get that smell of good quality food in front of your computer that you get in a good gourmet market. And yes I do have the disposable time and am amazed that people run their lives so long with out it. And don't even get me started with shoes. I practically get blisters just thinking about buying them on-line.

Re:What is a grocery store? (1)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046416)

It's 2008 and people are still going to the store? Do people have so much disposable time and so little else they could do with many extra hours a month that they still go shopping in an actual store? Do they look forward so much to driving around, dealing with parking, shopping carts, lines, people, their bratty kids, aisles, noise and lugging things around?

Food is pretty much the only thing I *don't* buy online, but I've got it down to a science. I go food shopping at 11pm on Friday or Saturday night... park nice and close (in one of the 'please reserve this spot for parents with small children' spaces), no bratty kids running around yelling and being ignored by their stupid parents, and only occasionally an inconsiderate moron blocking the aisle with their cart... I'm in and out in under 30 minutes, usually.

And I don't need any stupid computerized shopping cart. List goes on a post-it, I tear a small notch next to the items as I put them in the cart. This is one place where technology does not need to be applied (read: shoehorned in needlessly). Especially not by a bunch of half-assers like Microsoft.

PARENT IS A TROLL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046420)

4-digit UID trolls are surprisingly common. Apparently, old men get bored easily.

Please mod parent post down. There's no question it's a troll, and flamebait besides. Thank you.

Re:What is a grocery store? (1)

gnick (1211984) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046428)

Some of my groceries improve via interaction. My milk/eggs expire later, my meat is cut better and fresher, my beer is picked based on specials and delivery dates, my fruits/veggies are personally inspected prior to purchase. How many reasons do you need to buy your own groceries?

Grocery delivery is for sociophobes (may not actually be a word)...

Re:What is a grocery store? (3, Interesting)

dlevitan (132062) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046464)

Maybe it's a generational thing, but I have not shopped in a grocery store in almost my entire adult life. The last time I went into a grocery store was 1999. I get my groceries delivered to me with the click of a button. I decide what time I want my groceries, they come to my door and carry them into my kitchen. I spend almost zero time involved in groceries. While this is probably only available in big cities like the bay area, Portland, Denver and others, this is something that should be both available *and* used everywhere by almost every one. You don't still go out and butcher or milk your own cow. You don't go out and pick your own oranges. So why wheel a cart around like some sort of trained monkey in a store full of fluorescent lights and elevator music and snotty whining kids grabbing things off the shelves and throwing tantrums in the middle of the aisle?
Then don't shop in traditional supermarkets. Yeah, I agree, they're annoying. But I very rarely go there. I do almost all of my shopping at Trader Joe's, the farmers markets, Whole Foods, and Costco. I doubt you can get stuff delivered from any those stores. Why do I actually take the time to shop at these places? First, quality products. I cook a lot, and I like cooking quality food. For that, you need fresh, quality ingredients. I'm not going to trust someone else to pick out the fruits, vegetables, and meats I use - I doubt they really care about the quality of the food. Second, cheap prices (for the most part). Trader Joe's has amazing products that cost very little. Costco forces you to buy in bulk, but they have very good products that are very cheap compared to most stores. In fact, oftentimes people say that some of the best foods can be found there. The farmers markets in my area (Los Angeles) have amazing deals on many fresh fruits and vegetables. I can buy 25 pounds of oranges for $10. Instead of drinking orange juice from the store, I now make fresh squeezed orange juice every day for almost the same price (just slightly higher than the sale prices of good bottled orange juice). And Whole Foods has a lot of really nice stuff that I can get at any of the other places and, while expensive, is of very high quality.

In short, if you care about what you eat, you need to find it yourself. You might not need to butcher the cow or catch the fish, but you need to be able to look at what's for same and decide if its good quality or not. I doubt what you get is any good.

Re:What is a grocery store? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046536)

Haha, you know, I bet they send you the shittiest parts of the weekly truck delivery that would have gone into the trash...but they can send it to you because you ordered it on the internet.

A cookie fo your cookies (5, Funny)

cygtoad (619016) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046094)

Hmm... Just what I always wanted.
So the shopping cart will beg me to buy something as I go near it.
My daughter already does this for me. I am good.

But the real question is... (2, Insightful)

snl2587 (1177409) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046102)

...Will they be more streamlined for my shopping-cart races?

A typical Ad (3, Funny)

Alexx K (1167919) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046122)

It looks like you want to buy a loaf of bread. Would you like some help?

Want to get the best out of your bread? Visit the Windows Wheat Live web site today!

Antitrust (1)

Linus the Turbonerd (1138133) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046140)

Why won't they learn? It's not that difficult a concept.

A better idea (5, Interesting)

springbox (853816) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046148)

Enter list online and have the cart calculate the shortest distance to each item in the store based on its current location

Re:A better idea (1)

springbox (853816) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046198)

That should be shortest path. Clearly ice cream is not helping me think.

Re:A better idea (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046286)

Being able to search for stuff on line, when my wife sends me to the supermarket for something obscure, would actually be handy to have.

Re:A better idea (1)

Linus the Turbonerd (1138133) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046214)

That's actually an interesting subset of that topology problem... which I totally forget the name of.

Re:A better idea (1)

Ambiguous Puzuma (1134017) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046326)

Travelling Salesman?

Re:A better idea (2, Interesting)

nguy (1207026) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046284)

More likely, it will compute the longest path it can get away with without pissing you off so much that you just leave, making sure to pass by all the items you're most likely to buy.

Microsoft Shoppin Cart (2, Funny)

tristian_was_here (865394) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046166)

"right I want a... WTF!!! my shopping cart has shutdown to prevent damage to my food?"

Could be a good thing (1)

timelorde (7880) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046178)

Maybe they would stop rearranging the store quite so often, if they had to reprogram the carts.

Then again, who says they'd even care...

Re:Could be a good thing (1)

Gyga (873992) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046242)

RFID? You pass something already in your cart, it advertises "You have previously placed a Trojan Condom in your cart. People who bought these also bought the metal wire clothes hangers you are passing, the family sized tub of butter on your right, and the plungers up on the left."

As always, Douglas Adams had the foresight... (2, Funny)

GrahamCox (741991) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046204)

Modern elevators are strange and complex entities. The ancient electric winch and "maximum-capacity-eight-persons" jobs bear as much relation to a Sirius Cybernetics Corporation Happy Vertical People Transporter as a packet of mixed nuts does to the entire west wing of the Sirian State Mental Hospital.

This is because they operate on the curious principle of "defocused temporal perception". In other words they have the capacity to see dimly into the immediate future, which enables the elevator to be on the right floor to pick you up even before you knew you wanted it, thus eliminating all the tedious chatting, relaxing, and making friends that people were previously forced to do whist waiting for elevators.

About this time someone rediscovered an old patent for an ancient device called a "staircase" that let people simply walk from one floor to another, thus dispensing with the whole tedious need for elevators at all...


Quick, someone patent the paper and pencil shopping list!

Goody (4, Funny)

Robber Baron (112304) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046216)

Oh goody. Now I finally have a real good use for all those hard drive magnets I've been collecting.

THANK GOODNESS! (5, Insightful)

glindsey (73730) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046236)

Finally! I was getting sick of only experiencing advertisements on television, radio, newspapers, magazines, websites, video games, Tivo menus, Xbox 360 menus, Comcast guide screens, airplane TVs, billboards, T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, movies, movie theater lobbies, stock cars, buses, bus stops, park benches, taxicabs, license plate holders, restrooms, posters on airport and train station walls, checkout lanes, grocery carts*, and shaved into the back of the occasional head.

Thank GOD somebody has found a way to exploit this obvious adver-hole in our lives. But this is only the beginning, dammit. I want my dishwasher to leave streaks on my dishes in the shape of a Whirlpool logo. Red traffic lights should be replaced with reminders that Goodyear tires would help you stop more quickly, and green with reminders to buy Amoco Ultimate gasoline. Each light bulb should cast the logo and name of a popular pharmaceutical against the floor, ceiling, or wall (talk to your doctor about it!). When I'm calling somebody on the phone, I shouldn't have to listen to some boring "ring" sound -- not when I could hear about the virtues of Domino's pizza! We must not rest until every single person is being sold something every second of every minute of every hour of every day from every square meter of the globe. Together, we can do it.

This message brought to you by The Association of National Advertisers [ana.net] . Raping your eyes and ears, over and over, and you can't stop it.(tm)

* Static photos already there -- obviously insufficient

Re:THANK GOODNESS! (1)

Fluffy_Kitten (911430) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046448)

I hope for the day when advertising becomes about selling a good product by describing its advantages in an informal, preferably text driven way. So sad that that day will never come. Advertising on half of the stuff that you mentioned should become illegal. (I am also surprised that you managed to come up with so many advertising mediums!)

It's Only a Matter of Time (4, Funny)

Vengance Daemon (946173) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046528)

When we in Qwest's area call a telephone number that is busy, we don't get a busy signal, we get an advertisement for us to dial a code and the system will call us back when the other line is free. This complex and highly difficult process only costs 95 cents! I wonder when we will pick up the phone and hear a cheery voice selling something instead of a dial tone. Maybe each button on the phone could speak a product name rather than sound one of the tones: My number would be Pepsi Ford Ford - Prilosec Zantec Lunesta Zantec.

Wonderful! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046282)

With the way people ache to be subjected to ways to lose their money these days take it from me all you need is a Beowulf cluster and you are perfectly fit.

Love,
Estranged Prince of Nigeria

Good Grief! (4, Insightful)

deep_creek (1001191) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046288)

I thought Self-Checkout lanes were ridiculous... now this. The grocery store I mostly shop at has I think six Self-Checkout lanes. Very few folks use them. The "traffic monitors" are always trying to urge folks to go there, as there is no line. I might try one if I got a discount for it (passing the savings along to customers for not having staff, etc...), but what is the point as there is no discount or incentive? I'm a bit old fashioned I guess I want to be taken care of as a customer and fully use the services the store is providing for my convenience, not theirs!

Re:Good Grief! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046452)

They are a godsend for the stoned shopper! I can buy all kinds of weird and trippy food without having to deal with the checkout person.

Gourmet Meal Planner (0, Offtopic)

adougher9 (1092141) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046302)

I've been working on a meal planner that has been described as "frickin overkill". It's called gourmet, but not the grecipe (gourmet recipe) planner on sourceforge. I am currently working on the food ontology. I'll post an email describing it to my website. In the mean time checkout: http://frdcsa.onshore.net/frdcsa/internal/gourmet [onshore.net] http://frdcsa.onshore.net/frdcsa/internal/pgourmet [onshore.net] I've been writing krecipes but haven't heard from them. Interested. Email me andrewdo@frdcsa.org. Peace!

In other news... (1)

admactanium (670209) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046304)

the makers of the non-abrasive cleaning product called "The Blue Screen of Death" saw an unexplained spike in sales.

Grocery list (5, Funny)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046306)

Customers with a ShopRite loyalty card will be able to log into a Web site at home and type in their grocery lists; when they get to the store and swipe their card on the MediaCart console, the list will appear.

..will appear on the screen for all to see, yay! I can't wait until people take peeks at my grocery list on my hi-tech shopping cart.

-Strawberries.. Check
-Whipped cream.. Check
-Cucumbers.. Check
-Whiskey.. Check
-Vaseline.. Check
-Bullwhip.. Check
-Laxative suppositories.. Check
-Making people who read my grocery list look embarrassed.. Check

Microsoft Will Stream Ads To Grocery Carts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22046314)

... and I see grocery cart crashes increasing by two orders of magnitude.

Who? (3, Insightful)

BradleyUffner (103496) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046330)

It sounds to me like ShopRite is the one doing the streaming, not microsoft.

Bottom falls out of pencil sharpener market. (2, Interesting)

Captain Arr Morgan (958312) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046340)

So long I have waited to check 'grocery list' off my 'things I need a pencil for' list.

Ads while I shop? (1)

Spacejock (727523) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046364)

I guess I just found a new use for my shopping bag ... upside down, right over the bloody LCD screen.

Theft (4, Interesting)

lullabud (679893) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046368)

These shopping carts are just asking to be stolen. It's widespread enough as it is that simple shopping carts go missing. Carts with gadgets? Hell yeah. Just wait until somebody finds a way to make them into a digital picture frame, then they'll all be missing.

grocery carts on crack (1)

icepick72 (834363) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046374)

Part of the joy of grocery shopping is the mindless meandering around the store. I don't want my grocery cart to make me more efficient.

No MS OOXML for typing this shopping list... (0, Troll)

christian.einfeldt (874074) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046376)

Because even Microsoft has had trouble implementing Microsoft OOXML [fanaticattack.com] . So much for using an implementation Microsoft OOXML to type up that grocery list. So much for truly open XML standards.

And while Microsoft is tying its solution to someone else's shopping cart, Apple is planning on letting you carry your shopping list with you on your own device, and just pointing it at stuff to buy it. No annoying advertising there, and it is not tied to one store or one chain of stores:

Customers with a ShopRite loyalty card will be able to log into a Web site at home and type in their grocery lists; when they get to the store and swipe their card on the MediaCart console, the list will appear. As shoppers scan their items and place them in their cart, the console gives a running price tally and checks items off the shopping list.
Disloyal customers, such as those running GNU Linux, will be shown the door, or barred from entering the store in the first place. Imagine not being able to shop for food because you don't use Microsoft Windows. No thanks. I don't want any viruses in my food or my shopping list.

Can't keep me away (1)

GaryOlson (737642) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046380)

I for one welcome our new ice cream promoting overlords!

What a great new venue for Clippy! (1)

CharlesEGrant (465919) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046384)

Hey, it looks like you're making a salad! Would you like some help?

Harmless application, I guess. (1)

jcr (53032) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046396)

I'll just need to scan for a cart that's showing a blue screen, like the advertising display in the elevator I just got out of.

-jcr

Once long ignored, the grocery carts get their due (1)

woodrad (1091201) | more than 6 years ago | (#22046554)

Finally, someone is tapping the grocery cart demographic!
Load More Comments
Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?
or Connect with...

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>