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Britain's biggest retailer is trialling a checkout-free method of payment for its convenience stores, to rival Amazon's Go service available in the US.
Tesco will let customers scan products on their mobile devices, pay for them with an app and then walk out with them.
Trial - Stores - UK - Future - Security
If successful, the trial could be rolled out to stores across the UK in the near future - provided the obvious security challenges can be overcome.
The supermarket group is testing the smartphone app at the Tesco Express convenience store located in the campus of its headquarters at Welwyn Garden City, north of London.
Smartphones - Staff - Test - Site - Barcodes
The smartphones of 100 staff at the purpose-built test site can now scan barcodes and pay for their shopping using an app called Scan Pay Go.
'Using your mobile device you select some products, put them into your basket on your device and then just walk out of the store,' Steven Blair, Tesco's convenience transformation director told reporters.
'The feedback is very good on it but it's super early.
Tesco Chief Executive Dave Lewis said although the Welwyn trial could be implemented more widely, security implications had to be considered as there was a danger of increased product theft.
Margin - Business - Cent
'If the margin in the business is two or three per cent, you don't have to lose much to make it unprofitable,' he said.
The Welwyn store is also cashless, cutting the time...
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