Cashless society moves one step closer as Co-op extends trial of till-free shopping where customers pay as they go with a smartphone
- Customers can pay for items as they go by shopping them with a smartphone
- They can use their camera as a scanner and pay via Apple Pay or Google Pay
- Conventional checkouts and self-service tills are still available at the moment
Co-op is extending a trial of cashless shopping that could see tills completely disappear from its stores.
In 30 shops across the country, customers can pay for items as they go by scanning them with a smartphone.
Shoppers download the Co-op app and use their camera as a scanner – before paying via Apple Pay or Google Pay.
The new initiative could see traditional tills completely disappear from Co-op stores
Customers can pay as they go by shopping, scanning items with their smartphone before paying with Google Pay or Apple Pay
Conventional checkouts and self-service tills are still available. However, the trial points to a future where the till becomes obsolete.
Sainsbury’s launched Britain’s first till-free store in London’s Holborn Circus on a three-month trial basis this year, with customers also paying via a smartphone.
Co-op said the app adds ‘choice and convenience into the retail experience’.