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The Omaha World-Herald has a story about a new system being tested by Hy-Vee that it hopes will reduce checkout lines, which are "one of the biggest complaints people have about grocery shopping."

The system is designed to make it obvious which checkouts have the shortest lines, the story says, and "it will be obvious to shoppers when they notice new lights at checkout lanes. A green light indicates an open lane or a short line, and yellow or orange lights indicate a longer line."

According to the story, the system "is up and running at the Shadow Lake Hy-Vee in Papillion and will roll out to a handful of other stores in the area this winter for further testing. Then, Hy-Vee may decide to install it more widely among its more than 240 stores across the Midwest."
KC's View:
Forgive me, because I don't want to denigrate what Hy-Vee is trying to do here. Anything that reduces checkout lines is a good thing.

But...when compared to the technology being tested by Amazon in Seattle that will eliminate checkout lines and lanes, this seems like small ball.

It just strikes me as a vivid difference in thinking.