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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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Self-serve yogurt shops are attractive, fun, modern places in which people can hold parties, hang out or take advantage of free wireless Internet, J she said.
At Loganberry, as at other self-serve yogurt joints, buyers get to choose their flavors and amounts of yogurt, and they pay according to what they choose.
The self-serve option is widely common in countries abroad, and is encouraged to bring about time and cost efficiencies, and also reduce the waiting time at the service stations.
Some airlines have plans to expand self-serve baggage tagging to Winnipeg, Edmonton, Ottawa and Halifax international airports and the service may also be introduced at other airports across Canada.
Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird, said that self-serve baggage tagging "helps passengers reduce the time they spend checking in, and allows airports and airlines to use their resources more efficiently.
As recently as 1998, Japan's first self-serve station opened following an easing of fire regulations.
Nationally, the average price for a gallon of regular self-serve gasoline climbed a cent to $1.
With the addition of our Self-Serve Platform, users can eliminate the middle man and create their own campaigns to fit their needs and budget in the fastest, most cost-efficient way possible.
61 for self-serve regular unleaded), Bakersfield ($1.
A self-serve gas station/minimart does not represent a positive development, nor do the traffic patterns and the size of our community warrant such a business venture.
Publishers benefit from Self-Serve for Professional Advertisers by simplifying the buying process for clients.
self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $4 per gallon, which is 20 cents higher compared to last month and 86 cents higher compared to last year.