If you have used a self service checkout at a Coles supermarket recently you would have heard the voice from the machine welcome you to Coles assisted checkout and at the end say Thank you for using Coles assisted checkout.
The only assistance I have seen is if something goes wrong. You then wait, and other wait, for a Coles staffer to fix the problem. No, you scan your own items, bag them, feed in your payment and collect your change. These self service check outs are about Coles offering less service, less assistance rather than more.
The only explanation I can come up with for Coles using the term assisted checkout is that they want you to think of it that way – that they are assisting you. They are trying to tell you that this is them helping you when the actual experience is you helping them reduce labour costs.
Calling it a Coles assisted checkout is nonsense.
A Coles I visit regularly to check magazines has replaced six full service lanes with these self service check outs, leaving them with two full service lanes. While some customers happily use the self serve checkouts, many do have problems. You can see the look of frustration on their faces.