TSA’s Self-Service Checkpoint

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is testing a new self-screening system at the Las Vegas airport.

Many people are comparing the new system to self-checkout lanes at grocery stores. The system uses a virtual agent to answer questions, who do not have to be physically present at the checkpoint.

The system promises to streamline the process and use fewer agents.

The self-screening system also has automated conveyors for luggage screening which can automatically send the luggage for additional screening.

Additionally, the body scanner instructs […]

The Demise of Self-Checkout?

Self-checkout has been an ongoing approach by retailers to reduce the need for cashiers and lower costs. However, many retailers are reevaluating their use of self-checkout.

Five Below has reduced the use of self-checkout, especially at stores that have higher “shrink.”  Shrink is a term used to describe “theft and other inventory loss.”  Dollar General is removing self-checkout at 300 stores with the highest shrink.

Target is also making changes to self-checkout in response to high shrink. Self-checkout lanes have […]

Taco Bell’s Menu Expansion

Taco Bell plans to add over 25 items to its menu in 2024.

This is in contrast to the company’s more recent strategy of reducing the size of the menu to reduce complexity, and keep service times low.

Additions to the menu include the introduction of the Cantina Chicken menu in March 2024, which includes five items: Cantina Chicken Burrito, Cantina Chicken Taco, Cantina Chicken Quesadilla, and Cantina Chicken Bowl. The Cantina Chicken line requires five new ingredients, including […]

Best Value at Airport Security: TSA PreCheck, Clear, or Regular Line?

Which line to choose? There is no easy answer.

We all wish we could skip airport security lines. Yet, they are a necessity. Passengers now have several options to make the experience less “painful,” but these options have themselves become paint points. People pay a fee for TSA PreCheck and an even higher fee for Clear (see earlier post). Recently, the benefits offered by these two programs have become less obvious for passengers with high expectations. Knowledge of […]

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