Friday, March 15, 2013

Self-checkout comes to WinCo Foods

WinCo Foods on Woodruff Avenue in Idaho Falls installed six self-checkout stands Thursday, part of a company-wide push.

Contrary to what you might think, this not a case of machines taking work away from people. Because it takes two staffers to monitor the machines (and the people using them) around the clock (WinCo is open 24 hours), "We actually get more hours," said a checkout clerk who asked that her name not be used.

Based in Boise, WinCo is an employee-owned company with 87 stores in seven western states.