Tesco opens its first checkout-free shop
This is just legitimised shoplifting but with cool tech
I've written about checkout-less supermarkets before when Amazon unveiled their authorised theft based system. Now it seems the tech has proved it can work and is now being ventured into by Tesco.
The UK largest retailer has now opened a high-tech version of their Tesco Express stores in High Holborn, London. The set up, known as GetGo (get it, it rhymes) sees users of the Tesco.com app able to walk in, grab what they want and wander out again without the need to dawdle in line at a checkout.
Middle shelf on the left, Jaffa Cakes dead ahead.
Tesco says "a combination of cameras and weight sensors" would establish what customers had picked up and then charge them for products directly through the app when they left the shop.
Kevin Tindall, managing director of Tesco Convenience, said: "Our latest innovation offers a seamless checkout for customers on the go, helping them to save a bit more time." If the system works well the company have aims to roll it out across more of their smaller Express and Metro stores. Amazon has seen success with their AmazonFresh stores with six of them now in London.
It might seem odd for a stalwart of the UK supermarket scene to be going this way, but the firm's Clubcard programme already has 6.6 million users on its app. So the retailer is "well ahead of the curve" when it comes to using information on what a customer buys, or how they shop, to personalise their experience", said Richard Lim, chief executive of retail analyst group Retail Economics.