Sainsbury's developing new in-store shopping app

  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save

Sainsbury’s is currently developing a new smartphone app which will allow customers to create shopping lists at home, guide shoppers to their chosen products, scan the items and pay without needing to visit a checkout.

Jon Rudoe, Sainsbury’s digital and technology, said the retailer was still working a number of features in the app but expected it to go live within the next few months with a full rollout taking place next year.

Shoppers can create their list by either scanning packs at home or simply searching for a product type or brand. As they do so a live pricing tool with show how much their shopping will cost.

When they enter the shop the products on the list will appear as dots on a map of the store.

They then scan and pack the items into their trolleys and can pay using their card, which will generate a receipt which can be used as proof of payment. The app will also alert shoppers to any items on the list they may have missed before checking out.

Full details of how it will work in practice are still being considered particularly around security and payment. Sainsbury’s currently relies on spot checks to ensure shoppers using scan and go devices have paid for all their items. Rudoe said the retailer may create an area in store where shoppers should go to before paying or install beacon technology to ensure they are not taking goods away without paying.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Related images

  • sainsburys shopping bag
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save

Grocer jobs Experts in FMCG

Dyson  Head of Retail Sales

Head of Retail Sales - Dyson

£80k + bonus + excellent benefits
Search jobs
Sign in

Newsletter Sign-up

Free

I wish to receive the following newsletters:

For Members

Become a Gold Member to receive these newsletters:

Become a Platinum Member to receive these newsletters:

Become a member of The Grocer
test

DIRECTORY

The+Grocer+Directory

CLICK HERE to search for the products, services and companies you need in the definitive guide to the UK food and drink industry.

FOLLOW THE GROCER