The story of self-checkout

I probably consume more media via podcast these days than any other format.  (I have such a large queue of shows I listen to that I speed them up by 25% so I can fit them all in.)  One of the earlier podcasts to get a big following is NPR’s Planet Money, born out of the 2008 financial crisis.  From its beginning with explaining the root causes of the housing crisis, they have broadened their reporting to so many little known nooks and crannies of the global economy.  It’s a great show and worth listening to regularly.

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Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Coles_supermarket_Self_checkout.jpg

One recent topic was supermarket self-checkout machines.  Did you know that an ER doctor invented the first self-checkouts in his spare time?  The first pilot ran in a Price Chopper in the mid 1990s.  Not what I expected at all.  Listen below.


Listen above or go to: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2016/10/19/498571623/episode-730-self-checkout