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Are The Fast Check Out Lanes In Grocery Stores Really Faster?

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By Regina

This is a good question.

Most of us would assume that checkout lanes limited to 15 items or less are the fastest ones, right?

Surprise! That’s not always the case.



When doing the math regarding time spent in checkout lanes, it turns out that it takes a person 48 seconds to get through a checkout lane in addition to 2.8 seconds for each item in that person’s cart.

This means that it would actually be better to get in a line behind someone who has 30 items, than it would be to wait in line behind 3 people who each had 15 items in the so-called fast lane.

Interesting, right?!

That same study also found that cash transactions were actually faster than credit card ones. Go figure!


Most Annoying Things In Grocery Stores

People who break all the rules in the Express Lane aren’t the only annoying thing in grocery stores.

Here are the 20 most annoying things we face in the grocery store.

And here are 8 things that could improve these grocery checkout process.


Hate Grocery Shopping?

Want to avoid the grocery checkout altogether?

Here are 2 great options:

1. Check out these great tips for buying groceries when you hate grocery shopping. You’ll find lots of unique tips for getting groceries in your house with as little hassles as possible.

2. Try the Harris Teeter Express Lane. Yep, high-tech grocery shopping gives the Express Lane a whole new meaning! Here’s how it works.