Tesco launched its first checkout-free high street store today, where shoppers can fill their basket and leave without having to go to a till.
The trial, which is called GetGo, launched in High Holborn on Tuesday October 19.
All customers will need is the Tesco.com app, which they will use to scan in as they enter the store.
After their shop, customers will receive a receipt and will be charged when they leave.
Cameras will register what items the customer picked up alongside weight sensors that recognise when items are taken off the shelves.
The supermarket brand had already been testing the technology at a trial site within their headquarters in Welwyn Garden City since 2019.
Following extensive testing and improvements, the new model is launching in a Tesco Express which had already been transformed into a cashless store in 2018.
Tesco stressed that the lack of cashiers will not reduce the number of staff employed in stores, with the High Holborn shops continuing with its 22 staff members, in line with other convenience stores.
There is also a section in the store specifically for age-restricted products, with a separate exit where staff will check ID.
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Tesco is the latest to launch a checkout-free shop, following in the footsteps of Amazon and Aldi.
Amazon launched its first Amazon Go grocery shop in the UK in February, before expanding to five more sites, while Aldi opened its own till-free shop last month.
Kevin Tindall, managing director of Tesco Convenience, said: “This is a really exciting moment for Tesco as we launch GetGo with customers.
“We are constantly looking for ways to improve the shopping experience and our latest innovation offers a seamless checkout for customers on the go, helping them to save a bit more time.
“This is currently just a one-store trial, but we’re looking forward to seeing how our customers respond.”
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