Like many kids that looked forward to Saturday Morning Cartoons, sitting for hours in front of the television also meant eating not just one bowl, but multiple bowls of our favorite cereal!  then the best part, the flavored milk at the end.  Right?

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I admit, during the pandemic, I did rekindle my relationship with those cereals of the past that still exist.  I chalk it up to having to be creative when it came to grocery shopping.

However, that creativity was a necessity grown out of the conditions under which we were all living.

Maybe you had someone else shop for you.  Perhaps you ordered your choices on your favorite food store's app or website.

That’s what we ended up doing.  Our local ShopRite allowed customers to log online and make their choices to complete their shopping list.

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We would search by product and check the items we were looking for.  Then we would get alerted as to when our order was ready for us to pick up.

Sometimes we had to reserve in advance, an order/pick up day and time to allow ShopRite employees to work their system and fulfill each order.

Our store had a designated drive-up area to receive our orders.  Once we arrived at the store, we were greeted by an employee at check-in, and then they wheeled out our order and placed it into our hatch/trunk.

There was no need to exchange money, because we had already paid, online at the time of the order.

It was so easy and very convenient during a time of anxiety.

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I know Walmart offered the same type of service, but from what I heard recently is that as more and more people are now using this option, their system is always backed up and the wait time for your orders to be fulfilled is longer than anticipated.

A few years ago, before covid19, Amazon was launching a test project called Amazon Go.  Customers would scan in at stores entry.  Shop for their goods.  Then, keep going on your way.  No lines, no checkout.  Just “walkout”.

The technology keeps track of the items you take from the shelves and place them into your special cart.  As you leave, your cart is totaled and your Amazon account is charged.

The test cities included Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Now, this “Just Walk Out” technology from Amazon is ready to be officially introduced in Amazon-owned Whole Foods Stores.

How cool will this be?  To never have to scan the check-out aisle as you eventually end up in self-checkout anyway.  Only to get frustrated when the computer keeps yelling at you to “place the item in bag area”.

Yeah, I’d love to skip the check-out lane altogether and get a bill.  It’s like an easy pass for groceries!

Whole Foods in Washington DC and Sherman Oaks, California are the first to get fitted with this new technology.

Keep your eyes open, I bet the Whole Foods in Wall is not too far behind.

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