Both Australia and Sweden has the option of self checkout/self scanning in many grocery stores. But they’re very different.
In Sweden it works like this:
You have to register with the store that you like to use self checkout in. Usually you have a card that you swipe when you get into the store to get a scanning device. Then you start shopping, scanning the barcodes of your items as you go along and when it comes to vegetables, fruit and such you put them on a scale, pick what item it is and weigh them in order to get a label with a barcode you scan. When you reach the checkout desk it varies a bit from store to store what you do but normal is either to scan a checkout barcode or put the scanning device away and swipe your card again. Your groceries are then summed up and you can pay with your debit/credit card. If you like to pay with cash there are seperate checkout desks with personnel you can use. Easy peasy!
In Australia it works like this:
You go shop and pick up your groceries as usual and all the work of scanning your items is done when you actually check out. The checkout scanning machine gives you oral instructions on what to do and you scan your item, weigh fruits and vegetables and pick the right item on the screen just like you do in Sweden. You then can pay with either cash or a debit/credit card.
I must be honest and admit I don’t get the Aussie way, it just seem to take a lot longer. I rarely used them when I lived in Melbourne just for that reason. I think the Swedish way is very easy to use and it doesn’t feel like my shopping takes longer, I don’t have to stand in line to check out and the checkout process is very quick. The downside is when you get a random check and have to go to a normal checkout counter to scan all your items to make sure you didn’t cheat. But that doesn’t happen very often.
But I really want to give this point to Sweden anyway since Australia tried to make it easier but I feel like they didn’t really manage to do so, correct me if I’m wrong.
Sverige – Australia 11-9