Yet another Morrisons thread

GMc
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Wed 21 Aug, 2019 17.06

Morrisons are proposing to close four stores: Ince, Shirley, Swindon Regent Circus and Crawley.
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Thu 22 Aug, 2019 16.51

GMc wrote:
Wed 21 Aug, 2019 17.06
Morrisons are proposing to close four stores: Ince, Shirley, Swindon Regent Circus and Crawley.
Shirley? You can't be serious!
Jonny
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Fri 23 Aug, 2019 11.15

A Morrisons near me has been kitted out with all new self and staffed checkouts. The staffed checkouts come complete with a 1-2-3 "scan, pay, pack" instructional message at the start of the conveyor belt.

*I think* the idea is the bottom bay area is divided into two, so one person can pack their shop after paying, whilst the next person can be served and their shopping dispatched into the second area.

There seemed to be a few teething problems. Staff not yet confident with the new touchscreen till interface led to long queues, and I'm not sure everyone was buying into to the 1-2-3 step programme. Meanwhile, the new card only self-checkouts comically fire out receipts at awkward knee height, leading to a tidal wave of paper on the floor.

Room for improvement.
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Fri 23 Aug, 2019 14.52

GMc wrote:
Wed 21 Aug, 2019 17.06
Morrisons are proposing to close four stores: Ince, Shirley, Swindon Regent Circus and Crawley.
The Crawley store is only five years old and was purpose built.
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Sun 25 Aug, 2019 14.12

Swindon Regent Circus is the same age.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-w ... e-49433107
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Fri 30 Aug, 2019 15.22

It's an indication of how quickly the game has changed from building/extending as quickly as possible (lest a competitor gets there first) to closing failing sites without fear of a full-sized competitor taking it.
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Sat 31 Aug, 2019 01.26

Jonny wrote:
Fri 23 Aug, 2019 11.15
A Morrisons near me has been kitted out with all new self and staffed checkouts. The staffed checkouts come complete with a 1-2-3 "scan, pay, pack" instructional message at the start of the conveyor belt.

*I think* the idea is the bottom bay area is divided into two, so one person can pack their shop after paying, whilst the next person can be served and their shopping dispatched into the second area.

There seemed to be a few teething problems. Staff not yet confident with the new touchscreen till interface led to long queues, and I'm not sure everyone was buying into to the 1-2-3 step programme. Meanwhile, the new card only self-checkouts comically fire out receipts at awkward knee height, leading to a tidal wave of paper on the floor.

Room for improvement.
They've just installed the new checkouts at my local store too (and halved the number of staffed checkouts to make room for a Nutmeg clothing section).

They're... awful. My shopping was dispatched into the "second" section, on the other side to the card machine, so I couldn't pack as it was being scanned (and that's how it's designed, obviously). Which meant I just had to stand there watching the colleague scanning stuff, which was a waste of my time. And if I'd underestimated the number of bags I needed, I'd have had to queue all over again to buy another one. Also, of course, you're no longer asked if you want help packing.

I accept having my packing behaviour dictated to me by Lidl and Aldi because they're cheap and that's how it's always been. But I really, really resent it at a "traditional"supermarket. This, along with the terrible availability on produce and constant interminable waits for four slices of ham while a single colleague tries to serve on the deli, pie and hot chicken counters all day once, seems designed to push me in the direction of the equidistant Asda down the road.
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Sat 31 Aug, 2019 09.36

To be honest, you’re the kind of shopper that most supermarkets want shut of as you’re a drain on resources.
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Sat 31 Aug, 2019 16.27

didn't Safeway have packing area dividers 25 years ago?
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Pete wrote:
Sat 31 Aug, 2019 16.27
didn't Safeway have packing area dividers 25 years ago?
Iceland had them in the 90s for sure. I have a feeling Kwik Save or Food Giant might have too. Distinctly remember playing with them as a child.
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WillPS wrote:
Mon 02 Sep, 2019 09.30
Pete wrote:
Sat 31 Aug, 2019 16.27
didn't Safeway have packing area dividers 25 years ago?
Iceland had them in the 90s for sure. I have a feeling Kwik Save or Food Giant might have too. Distinctly remember playing with them as a child.
I remember them at Morrisons funnily enough, though I don't think they were ever used for their intended purpose.
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