In an effort to continue to ease time for shoppers, Kroger is bringing the Scan, Bag and Go concept to Indiana.
The Noblesville Kroger at 14800 Hazel Dell Crossing is the first of 12 stores in Indiana to use the device. The system officially debuted April 19. In the four weeks, it likely will be introduced at the Fishers stores at 9799 E. 116th St. and 116th St. and Allisonville Road. Another one will launch in six weeks is at 172 Logan St. in Noblesville.
The new system will allow customers to use a wireless handheld scanner or the Scan, Bag, Go app on their phones. You can pay on your phones with the app. There are clear bags available or reusable bags.
“You can scan your Kroger plus card and from there you can take it through the store and purchase any items you want,” Kroger/Central Division media spokesman Eric Halvorson said. “You ultimately end up at the self-check out to pay for it.”
When you get to the check-out line, you point the scanner up and it shows everything you already scanned. A Kroger store representative can be signaled for help from the device.
“Everything is in the bag already so all you have to do is swipe your credit card,” Halvorson said. “The only thing that might be a hitch is if you buy alcohol because that will have to be verified by a Kroger associate.”
Shoppers can monitor prices and scan coupons as they shop.
Cincinnati has been used for seven years, Kroger division front end manager Dorathy Vise said.
“They’ve been working all the bugs out of it,” Vise said. “We’re going to roll out 500 stores across the country and next year another 500 stores.”
Halvorson said no one will lose a job because of the device.
“We have 25 openings at this store now,” Halvorson said. “Everybody here is too valuable to lose.”