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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.
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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.
In addition, it maintains that its self serve concept that allows customers to follow a "take-what-you-want" approach means little, or no, food waste.
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.
Self Serve Foods, Inc., which supplies products to vending machine operators, convenience stores and club stores, will soon operate on a global basis, Paulucci predicted.