Retailers are reporting a drop in their sales of impulse items - those sodas, candies and packets of gum that are stacked up in checkout lines - since they have switched to self-checkout lanes at some stores. Customers are too busy watching the register availability to pick out additional snacks, assuming that such snacks are even available near the new machines. Statistical data was collected by a retail consulting firm, which noted that women's impulse buying dropped by 50% and men's by 27.9%. The biggest drops in sales were in individually packaged salty snacks (down 53%) and sodas and bottled waters (down 50%).
While this may be bad news for retailers, it is good news for consumers. Not only will shoppers save a few dollars when they're out shopping, but they will save thousands of calories over the course of the year - avoiding a potential weight gain of 2.5 pounds, according to the above-mentioned retail firm. The "Self Checkout Diet" may not become a best seller, but this information is certainly something worth keeping in mind the next time you're out at the store.