Re: A Glaring Lack of the Obvious
- From: "Michael S. Schiffer" <mschiffe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 30 Nov 2007 04:56:12 GMT
Sean O'Hara <seanohara@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in
In the Year of the Golden Pig, the Great and Powerful Keith F.
As far as I know, most stores in the US don't have Internet
Probably not a direct Internet connection, but any store that's
part of a chain or franchise will almost certainly be on a
network so it can receive memos by email, transmit payroll, and
so the corporate office can monitor sales figures and send price
updates to the registers.
Chains, sure-- franchises, I suspect it depends how tightly
controlled the outlets are. (The offerings vary somewhat from store
to store in this particular case, for one thing.) The prices aren't
invariant across local stores, so I don't know that they're setting
them via the network. I'm sure they have some sort of electronic
communications, but it's not necessarily on site. (Memos and sales
data could be sent via the owner's office, wherever that is.)
Or maybe they have a net connection and just don't use it for the
credit card reader for some reason. All I really know is that credit
cards at that place slow things down rather than speed them up,
unlike my usual experience elsewhere. So I pay cash, exact change
where possible, and silently grumble to myself when I see someone
take out a card.
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