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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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"With the continued growth in the frozen yogurt category, our self-serve mantra and affordable pricing will continue to differentiate us from our competitors."
The system lets customers easily copy, scan or print from a variety of sources and securely pay in a completely self-serve environment.
Aminnie first discovered the self-serve technology when he was traveling on the East Coast a few years ago.
Meanwhile, an attendant said it was too early to make a comment on a possible trend even as most people preferred self-serve option.
"Yes, people are reluctant to step out and try self-serve, especially Emirati customers.
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This is when I learned about the static electricity charge generated by fuel flowing in the hose from the self-serve pump to the hand-held filler nozzle we have all used many times.
Having launched the same service November 7, 2012, in Calgary, WestJet said it is the first Canadian airline to introduce self-serve baggage tagging on non-stop transborder flights.
Voters rejected a self-serve gas proposal in 1982 - a long time ago, but the precedent of putting the matter to a public vote has been established.
Technology company Rarus Technologies Inc (OTCQB:RARS) announced on Wednesday that it has entered into the final development stages of the Zngle.com self-serve coupon generator and augmented sharing application.
Among the first self-serve yogurt stores to pop up in the Little Rock area was Orange Leaf, which is a corporately owned branch of an Oklahoma City company that also has franchises.
Coffee Nation currently has 900 self-serve sites, including at Tesco stores and Moto and Welcome Break services stations.