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Self Service

A business model in which a company sells a product that the buyer selects and/or uses without direct supervision by the seller. One of the most common examples is a gas station, where customers normally put gas in their automobiles themselves. Another example is a grocery store, where customers select items and put them in a shopping basket before check out. Self service may reduce costs and, in any case, it frees employees to perform other tasks.

self service

a form of retailing whereby customers of RETAIL OUTLETS (shop, filling station etc.) select for themselves the goods they wish to purchase and pay for them at a checkout. Self service can be applied to both large and small-scale retailing operations and by cutting down on operating costs (i.e. eliminating the wages of sales assistants) it can assist a retailer or some other business (restaurant, cafeteria, etc.) to become more price competitive. See RETAILER.
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The Yogurtland staff will also create desserts for customers who choose not to use the self serve system.
Established, Self Serve Car Wash on Major Highway in Lakeland, FL
While continuing in an advisory capacity at Luigino's with the titles of founding chairman and chairman of the executive committee, Paulucci said he will spend most of his time developing his newest venture, Self Serve Foods.
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QI self serve card value reload stations are also used at the campus.
The SmartVend stored value payment system simplifies payments for both retail and commercial customers of the water delivery service and allows card payment for self serve customers through a 24 hour vending system.
AUTOMOTIVE: Car Wash: Self serve carwash business in Columbia, South Carolina.
QI Card Value Center for self serve sale of new cards and card value load and reload of new and used cards
Sesame's patent pending identity management process enables quick and easy, self serve access to services through a Wi-Fi Internet connection for visiting employees, customers, suppliers, business partners, consultants, or guests.
Bell is working to transition to "one company, one number" access, allowing customers and employees a simplified "entry door" - to speak their requests to "Emily/Emilie" and be directed to the many self serve applications providing information about products, bill management and repair, or directly to a customer service representative as required.
E-Time Self Serve Kiosk and E-Time Semi Self Serve Kiosk are now available as part of the E-Time System Suite.
Audio-Ex will now integrate its AudioPoint product to the Globalive online provisioning and customer self serve sites, enabling Resellers to use the same pass codes, and view call/presentation details at one convenient internet destination.