Plans for a drive-through supermarket revealed

Grocery shopping is a chore hated by many, and online services have become increasingly popular for helping customers avoid crowded aisles and the struggle of carrying heavy bags.

But, these services can require hours or even days to process an order, and for picky shoppers, selecting the best items is something that must be done personally.

Now, a Russian inventor has come up with the solution to please everyone—drive through supermarkets, where everything you need is on cascading shelves and you never have to get out of the car.

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MAKING SHOPPING EASY

Russian inventor Semenov Dahir Kurmanbievich has filed a patent application for drive through supermarkets to make shopping convenient and fast.

Many companies have stepped up to make products more easily available, even at the touch of a button. 

Amazon has added food delivery service to its Prime Now membership, and revealed plans for a ‘Dash’ button.

To purchase from local vendors, customers use the Prime Now app, available on iOS and Android devices.

Dash will be set up using the Amazon mobile app to assign the product you want.

Then, the Dash Button will order with a single press. 

The patent application was filed by Semenov Dahir Kurmanbievich, according to The Telegraph, and the plan aims to make grocery shopping convenient and improve customer service.

And, the inventor claims, it will lower costs for the vendor.

At the entrance of the store, a display would show the available stations to customers as they drive in.

Once they’ve driven to the free slots, they will begin and end their shopping in the same place, and the cashier waits just a few feet away.

Vertical ‘elevator-type racks’ will hold all kinds of items on your shopping list, from fresh produce and bread, to six-packs of beer and perishable items, like milk.

The shelves can be changed by pressing a button, which will bring on the next set of food products.

‘The present invention is directed to solving the technical problem of improving the quality of customer service while providing maximum convenience, choice of products, [and] reducing time to service customers,’ Kurmanbievich writes in the application.

It would also reduce ‘time and costs from commercial enterprises associated with the filing and layout of goods in the sales area, where there are buyers.’ 

A video describing the plan shows a large, enclosed building with rows of drive-up aisles.

The groceries are sent to the cashier on a conveyor belt as you pick them, meaning your food is being bagged while you’re still shopping, so there’s no wait at the end. When the customers are finished picking out their food, all they have to do is drive forward a few feet and pay

The groceries are sent to the cashier on a conveyor belt as you pick them, meaning your food is being bagged while you’re still shopping, so there’s no wait at the end. When the customers are finished picking out their food, all they have to do is drive forward a few feet and pay

Each car is parked in its own slot beside a vertical rack, where the customer will select the various food products without ever stepping outside the vehicle.

The groceries are sent to the cashier on a conveyor belt as you pick them, meaning your food is being bagged while you’re still shopping, so there’s no wait at the end.

When the customers are finished picking out their food, all they have to do is drive forward a few feet and pay.

The cashier will then hand over the bags, and the customer drives off.

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When the shelves are running low on their items, staff can restock using a conveyor belt that feeds to the racks. 

Online grocery services, like Amazon’s food delivery program, operate with the similar goal of convenience, allowing a person to get groceries without the hassle of long lines and crowded parking lots.

Kurmanbievich’s patent, however, reveals a way for shoppers to expend minimal energy at the grocery store while still actually selecting the items themselves.

Vertical ‘elevator-type racks’ will hold all kinds of items on your shopping list, from fresh produce and bread, to six-packs of beer and perishable items, like milk. The shelves can be changed by pressing a button, which will bring on the next set of food products

Vertical ‘elevator-type racks’ will hold all kinds of items on your shopping list, from fresh produce and bread, to six-packs of beer and perishable items, like milk. The shelves can be changed by pressing a button, which will bring on the next set of food products

When the shelves are running low on their items, staff can restock using a conveyor belt that feeds to the racks. Each car is parked in its own slot beside a vertical rack, where the customer will select the various food products without ever stepping outside the vehicle

When the shelves are running low on their items, staff can restock using a conveyor belt that feeds to the racks. Each car is parked in its own slot beside a vertical rack, where the customer will select the various food products without ever stepping outside the vehicle

News via: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech

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