Mine's the one with the price gun in the pocket!
Tesco's nationwide till system failed this morning, leaving the country's biggest retailer able to sell only via self-service checkouts. Managers closed some stores in response to the glitch. A spokesman for the firm confirmed it was suffering IT problems, and was investigating. According to reader reports, the problems …
What a ridiculous situation that the system is so fault intolerant that a single glitch can take out the tills over the whole country ! Surely even a primary school kid would design it to carry on locally if a national problem occurred. Who do they get to design things these days? Kindergarten?
"What a ridiculous situation that the system is so fault intolerant that a single glitch can take out the tills over the whole country ! Surely even a primary school kid would design it to carry on locally if a national problem occurred. Who do they get to design things these days? Kindergarten?""
Asuming your a troll here because the fact that it working for the self service tills means that its highly likely to be currently on a local only system and will get batch updated at the end of the day.
just that they don't use the scales for your shopping weight and someone else pushes it across the scanner.
I've noticed Tesco moving more and more over to self service, even on the manned tills. You have to scan your own club card and pull your receipt from the printer as well as stuffing your own card in the reader. Its like they are trying to reduce the interaction between till staff and customers, so we don't notice when they all get sacked.
Actually, the other AC's got a point. Tesco's not exactly a small company. I know every little helps, but skimping on redundancy when it can lead to faults on this sort of scale is ridiculous. How hard can it be to store the prices locally? Worst case scenario then is they're charging in line with the store labels rather than at the adjusted price for the day. Or their sales data doesn't get back to head office until the afternoon.
"According to PA, about 100 stores are affected, and the problems are being rectified by rebooting the checkouts."
Absolute IT Crowd classic: "Have you tried swtching it off and switching it on again?"
Paris, because she knows how to turn things off and turn them on again (peolpe too apparently)
Funnily I applied last week for a position of project manager at Tesco.com. They turned me down, evidently my experience project managing tesco.com grocery previously didn't seem to count.
Maybe they should have given me the job instead, looks like their existing practices have a few faults. I have a strong background in system testing.
>> So the fault is fixed by rebooting the tills. Surely managers should have tried turning the tills on and off again before closing...
Depends whether you mean rebooting the actual till hardware, or the virtual machine instance that runs in the back office. From what I recall of my stint at Tesco, the tills are thin clients (quite heavy old thin clients). So it may have been the VM instance that needed rebooting, or the VM server, or the thin client. I imagine the store managers probably only have access to reboot the VM instance - this is probably the only bit that runs Windows and is most likely to crash.
Yeah, I got 12 bottles on Saturday night of the chocco fudgecake ( 12 paid for, 24 taken home)
What's shocking is these were 79p only a few months ago and now they're upto £1.05 per bottle (BOGOF)
Paris... Well I bet she's not had to pay any more to get her supply of milky goodness.
hey_may: "What on earth is a "club card"? Some sort of spyware?"
That's as good a description as any. You sign up for a "club card" and get special discounts. AFAICT, it's a way to get around privacy laws and keep track of your purchases for some inane reason or other dreamt up by the marketing wonks.
I have one or two of these club cards, notably Safeway's because they sell a superior brand of bottled salsa and an excellent grade of barley flour available nowhere else, but for everything else I go to a different store with faster checkout lines and lower prices. Fat lot of good *my* club card does any marketing campaign!
Friends concerned with privacy refuse on general principles to patronize stores using such cards, but I've pointed out to them that when you sign up, there's no checking of ID so you can get a new one each time you shop, complete with new fictitious name and phone number.
"Club cards" are just another pimple on the ass of marketing's obscene desire to know everything about you so they can sell you more crap. Or, more accurately, *try* to sell you more crap.
Interestingly, my Safeway card has never once resulted in any communication from that august firm to me.
Salsa and barley flour only?
I work with a former UNIX contractor for Tesco, they may use Windows for the actual checkout, but I'm pretty sure they use AIX for the local machines which serve them. It is unlikely a client problem if they all died, more likely a server side problem.
I have also been fairly reliably informed that Tesco sweat their assets heavily, it's not uncommon for them to use out of support hardware and software in their stores. (or it wasn't when afore mentioned UNIX guy worked there...)
AC because I don't want to get on Tesco's bad side...
When I went to one of the biggest Tesco's in the country this evening, so it looks like it might be something more complicated than flicking the power switch.
Isn't today the day they were planning a huge new relaunch of their Clubcard loyalty scheme? So that's worked out about as well as a Gordon Brown relaunch.
I remember this happening more than once at ASDA when I worked there (10+ yrs ago).
If the tills went down, the policy was for all managers in the store to man a checkout, and "estimate" the value of the goods in each trolley, just to keep things moving. They considered it worse for business to close the store and waste all their customers time than to loose money by undervaluing the goods. Worked well, although it took longer than normal if at a busy time (due to there being less managers than checkout operators), it helped keep things moving, and kept the customers goodwill.
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