Morrisons to stop infrared sensors Intelligent Queue Management systems that determine how many customers are flowing through the store

Morrisons is to stop using the Intelligent Queue Management (iQM) system in stores from today (Monday 23rd March 2015).

Bradford, England, 2015-3-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The system was used to determine how many checkouts to keep open at Morrisons supermarkets using infrared sensors that determine how many customers are flowing through the store.

Now checkout teams will be asked to use their eye and experience to meet their customer needs.

This response comes after Morrisons’ retail team and David Potts listened to colleagues and customers to understand how to make the checkout experience better for customers and for staff.

They concluded that Morrisons’ checkout teams would make better and more balanced decisions compared to the iQM computer system.

Morrisons is also to stop using ‘scan rate’ which measures checkout colleagues’ performance by calculating how many products they scan per minute.

Instead colleagues will be mainly measured on their level of personal service and teamwork.

David Potts said: “We intend to be an organisation that listens very hard to its customers and staff and, wherever possible, responds quickly. Our colleagues in our stores are best placed to use their experience and personal judgement in deciding how best to serve their customers, keeping queues low at the checkouts and improving the customer’s shopping trip.”

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