How Aldi Keeps Prices Low

Low prices and high quality products are Aldi’s hallmark, and continued price cuts are planned through summer.

With 250 items slated for markdowns, Aldi promises customers savings of $100 million.  Simplicity, efficiency, and a consistent experience for customers help drive Aldi’s success.


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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 Changing Retail Checkout Lane

Worldwide, a variety of approaches are being tried for retail checkout. Many of these approaches are changing how checkout lanes function.

Approaches include facial recognition for payment; scan-and-go with personalized pricing; a smart grocery cart that identifies items as they are placed in the cart; and a smart grocery store with frictionless checkout that allows customers to view and approve their basket.

In addition, one very interesting approach is being tried: the slow checkout lane. Not in a hurry, want to chat […]

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 […]

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