Tesco to open its first cashierless store in London

Called GetGo, it will be tested at a Tesco Express in London’s High Holborn

Staff prepare a Tesco GetGo store in Holborn, London. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Staff prepare a Tesco GetGo store in Holborn, London. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

 

Tesco is following Amazon and opening its first cashierless store, where customers can select their groceries and leave without scanning them or using the checkout.

Britain’s largest supermarket said the new concept, called GetGo, will be tested at a Tesco Express in London’s High Holborn and follows a successful trial at a store in Welwyn Garden City, where Tesco is based.

GetGo’s launch is the latest attempt by a grocer to experiment with checkout-free stores amid shifts in shopping habits and a labour shortage in Britain. Seattle-based Amazon debuted its first cashierless convenience store outside the US earlier this year in west London. J Sainsbury trialled a till-free store in Holborn, although customers had to scan items as they went around. Aldi, the German discounter, and Wm Morrison Supermarkets have also been experimenting in the format in the UK.

Tesco app

GetGo uses technology that allows customers with the Tesco app to check in to the store, pick up groceries and exit. As the shopper leaves, cameras and weight sensors calculate what they picked up and charges them accordingly through the app.

For the launch, Tesco is partnering with Trigo Vision, an Israel-based company that has developed cameras and software allowing retailers to charge people automatically. Trigo is already working with German supermarket giants REWE Group and Aldi Nord, as well as Israel’s largest supermarket chain, Shufersal. – Bloomberg