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Date: 05/12/11 12:59 PM

32 Responses to Why The Other Line Moves Faster

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    Artichoke Female 18-29
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    May 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm
    Link: Why The Other Line Moves Faster - The odds are never in your favor. Dang science.
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    tlshaman Male 13-17
    378 posts
    May 12, 2011 at 1:08 pm
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    skypirate Male 18-29
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    May 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm
    self check out FTW!
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    19842011 Male 18-29
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    May 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm
    im so happy i got to see this just in time for the holiday season
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    hatface Male 18-29
    605 posts
    May 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm
    Well that proves it. IAB chat WORKS.
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    May 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm
    This is cool. The guy has several other videos as well, that are all worth seeing. Thanks for posting this Artichoke!
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    kralmir Male 18-29
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    May 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm
    1 line or 3 lines, there is still an x speed that each register can process at. so in total having 1 line for all 3 registers is NOT faster. just evenly distributes the delay for each customer.
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    hatface Male 18-29
    605 posts
    May 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm
    @Kralmir. No, because surely the other two till may process and take the next customer regardless of till delay. Thus no-one ever waits too long?
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    MattPrince Male 40-49
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    May 12, 2011 at 1:58 pm
    Even being undead won`t help for long. You start eating your way from the back of the queue, and pretty soon this happens...

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    Tubby12370 Male 18-29
    1440 posts
    May 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm
    Oh noes, i need to start Christmas shopping its only 7 months away, ahhhh not enough time.
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    May 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm
    What ticks me off is when you have been standing in line and your one or two people away from checkout. Then this dumbass cashier comes out the back, opens a lane, and grabs all the ones in the back of the line to checkout. Grrrrrrrr!
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    Batmanners Male 18-29
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    May 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm
    Wal Marts have been adopting the one line + multiple registers option. They open up more registers should there be a surge in customers. I love it, and think it`s a fantastic method.
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    Milo_Pretzel Female 18-29
    180 posts
    May 12, 2011 at 3:39 pm
    Yay! Fry`s Electronics is the only store I`ve been to that adopted this method. I like it, too.
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    AwsmEmily Female 18-29
    76 posts
    May 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm
    Im a supervisor at Ross and we do the combined cue method but ooooohh my do the customers hate it! Somebody always has to try and form a seperate line, they cannot wrap their head around a single line for multiple registers -_-
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    Jasonbobdude Male 18-29
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    May 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm
    @Batmanners: Of all places, WAL-MART is taking the more efficient design? That`s unexpected, to say the least.

    It`s so easy to see why a combined queue works better, but for some reason people are bothered by it and demand a system that works much less smoothly... DAMN YOU SOCIETY
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    Garu Male 30-39
    562 posts
    May 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm
    One step closer to being cattle, YAY!
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    Mogulman Male 18-29
    295 posts
    May 12, 2011 at 5:05 pm
    @Milo_Pretzel: I LOVE FRY`S! The one line thing works great - it moves a lot faster. I was there for Black Friday, and even with a line that must have been a hundred people long, I got through pretty quickly. The downside of this method (on the consumer end) is that you have to go past more impulse buys (candy, "as seen on tv" items, etc). Gotta keep strong!
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    Boredered Male 18-29
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    May 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm
    Block buster and frys
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10441 posts
    May 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm
    Yay. Statistics.

    F*cking grocery stores. I want one line to feed all registers!

    Except that would bring up more problems like reduced floor area and the chance someone in the "main line" will be an obstruction, and no small item number lines and finally considering every other way grocery stores try to screw with you it`s not much to complain about.

    So never mind then.
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    PUDDING1961 Female 40-49
    446 posts
    May 12, 2011 at 5:40 pm
    And that is why, apart from food or heavy stuff like furniture or appliances...i buy nearly all my stuff at ebay (No, this is not an advertisement for the company.) With 3 boys and not alot of time to spare, i buy from clothes to dishes in just a couple of clicks and bids. No sweat.
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    honkeylips Male 30-39
    1586 posts
    May 12, 2011 at 5:45 pm
    Yea I`m with skypirate. I`m all about the self checkout. It cuts out all of the old people and all of the coupon people which cuts the time in half.
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    kissmybim Male 40-49
    439 posts
    May 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm
    when i think of it, the grocery store that I shop at has the que system. Although there is always a line to wait for a register, i never have to wait long to cash out. thanks Erlang for your science (:I)
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    the_windy Female 18-29
    1589 posts
    May 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm
    The Wal Mart near me has one long line for I think up to 6 express lanes. Very neat I think, since it already moves fast because each order is small.
    The store I work at has a self checkout, but it`s not always the fastest. My store is near a high-middle class part of the city, so we get a lot of picky shoppers, who like to scan and pack their own groceries because God forbid a price is wrong, or the cashier puts the grapes with the bread. These people have long orders most of the time, and will spend up to 10 minutes checking it out themselves when a (fast/experienced) cashier could do it in 2. Maybe less if the customer bags while the cashier scans. Plus most of the people using these machines have no idea how they work, and will keep taking things off the platform, causing the computer to freeze and say "Please put your item back in the bag."
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    Justin9235 Male 18-29
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    May 13, 2011 at 5:25 am
    OMG when that phone rang, I though there was an actually phone ringing in my office XOO Startled the FCUK out of me
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    malikymoo Female 18-29
    2028 posts
    May 13, 2011 at 11:07 am
    eh? i know a few shops that do this anyway. but it explained it nicely i guess
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25420 posts
    May 13, 2011 at 11:17 am
    I will always watch the cashier to see how fast shes working
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    greenbasterd Male 18-29
    2377 posts
    May 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm
    do what i do and mind drat everyone around you so everything slows down.. cept for my line cause they want me gone!!!!!
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    CoyoteKing Male 18-29
    2988 posts
    May 13, 2011 at 8:56 pm
    i know a store that uses the single queue line. it does work well sure, but as fast as it moves, when you get in line with 50 people in front of you it is very disheartening...
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    LionHeart-72 Male 18-29
    521 posts
    May 14, 2011 at 12:49 am
    Sweet, I feel like I learned something. I`m checking out more of this guys stuff.
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    mts2457 Female 18-29
    535 posts
    May 14, 2011 at 9:54 am
    GO U OF I!
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    mts2457 Female 18-29
    535 posts
    May 14, 2011 at 9:58 am
    Fry`s Electronics uses single queue
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    Swaywithme Female 18-29
    3696 posts
    July 12, 2011 at 1:24 am
    Give me a busy express till- I`ll rock your shizz. >=] My lane is always boss.

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