Fox News reports on a new Walgreens store in Chicago's South Loop that has "been redesigned to allow customers to browse only two aisles of products – after they pass through anti-theft detectors.
"The changes at the store on 2 E. Roosevelt Road in the South Loop area put most of the merchandise in aisles behind staffed counters, which customers can shop digitally through kiosks." Shoppers will be able to place their orders via digital kiosks, with workers then accumulating the items and bringing them to the counter, where they are picked up by customers.
"We are testing a new experience at this store with new concepts, technologies, and practices to enhance the experiences of our customers and team members," a Walgreens spokesperson told Fox Business in a statement. "It continues to offer retail products and pharmacy services, just with a new look and feel that focuses on shopping digitally for convenience."
- KC's View:
Sort of sounds like the general store or pharmacy of old, with Mr. Drucker behind the counter taking care of customers like Billie Jo, Bobbie Jo, Betty Jo, and Uncle Joe. Except, of course, they didn't have to go through anti-theft detectors.
(If you have no idea what the last sentence was referencing, don't worry about it. It just means you were born after 1970, or didn't watch anything on TV Land.)
Past is future, apparently, at least in certain neighborhoods.