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I am going to research how supermarkets use ICT to have an impact on society.

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Unit 12: Impact on Society My chosen area is a supermarket. I am going to research how supermarkets use ICT to have an impact on society. Since the introduction of ICT in supermarkets, everything has become much more efficient. Supermarkets have improved tremendously by using the following things in stores: * Online Shopping * EPOS * EFTPOS * Credit Cards * Loyalty Cards * Cash Back Question 1: Ways in which ICT is used in a supermarket are: > Online Shopping Online shopping is a way in which ICT is used in supermarkets. It enables the shopper to be able to buy things online. This is a quick and easy method of purchasing goods and therefore has an impact on society. This affects me because is somebody in my family is unable to go to the supermarket for some reason, we just order the products online. We do this because we find it easy and also we find it helpful as products can be delivered to our home. This affects the community because more and more people will shop online because it is very simple therefore the supermarket will have more customers and therefore they will have bigger profits. If somebody is poorly, they can buy their shopping online. People can compare prices of products online and you can shop at any time you want. All the main supermarkets use online shopping. For example, Tesco and Asda. These websites allow customers to browse through all the products and they also allow the customer to compare prices of products with other supermarket prices so that you can buy the cheapest one without having to go onto other websites. ...read more.


This also has an affect on the community because it will save people time if they can simply get money from their account from their supermarket rather than having to go to the bank. This will improve the number of customers because more and more people will shop there. QUESTION 2 The advantages and disadvantages of having ICT in supermarkets. There are many advantages and disadvantages of having ICT in supermarkets. Advantages of using online shopping are that: * It is easy because you can shop from home. * It is quick. Disadvantages of using online shopping are that: * You do not always get the goods that you want * The goods take a longer time to receive * You do not get enough exercise. * Big vans are used for deliveries, which may increase pollution. * Deliveries can cost money. Advantages of EPOS: * Efficient * Stock is always available * Don't hold too much stock. Disadvantages of EPOS: * The equipment is expensive * If wires are broken, all information can be lost. * System can go down Advantages of Loyalty Cards: * They will increase the number of customers. * You can receive tokens. * You will get discounts on other products. Disadvantages of Loyalty cards: * The supermarket benefits more than the customer. * There are too many available. Everyone does it * The supermarket can target your information and send you vouchers for certain products even though those products may be cheaper elsewhere. ...read more.


Health and safety regulation Act 1992 Data protection act 1998: The data protection act is an act set out by the government that states that people's personal data cannot be given out without their consent. Data cannot be given to a third party person. Personal data, which I processed on the computer, has to be notified with a commissioner and goes on a register. People have rights about their data. These rights must be protected and respected in accordance with the data protection act. Staff must be trained to follow policies set by the data protection act. There is a total of 8 policies. All data has to be treated lawfully and fairly. Data can only be held in the original context and for the original purpose. If somebody breaks the rules of the data protection act, they can be taken to court. In supermarkets, the data protection act is used because when people apply for a loyalty card, they have to fill in their details and they would want their personal details kept safe private and confidential so that others cannot misuse them. Future Uses of ICT in supermarkets: In future Ict may be used in supermakets for self scanning. This will mean that people will no longer need to be employed to work on the checkouts. Another use for ict in supermarkets in the future may be that more and more pople will do online shopping as more and more supermarkts are having their own websites for online shopping. Ict may also be used for extra surveillance (CCTV) cameras etc. ...read more.

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