Tesco is opening its first ever checkout-free store where shoppers can pick up their groceries and pay without going to the tills.

The trial store uses cameras to replace checkouts, with the nifty technology designed to track items as shoppers place them in their baskets.

Customers will need to use the Tesco.com app to pay for items, scanning this as they enter the store.

Shoppers then pick up the items they want and walk straight out of the store, receiving a receipt and being charged for the products once they have left.

Tesco will register the items people pick up using cameras as well as weight sensors to recognise when items are taken off shelves.

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The supermarket giant is calling the high street trial store GetGo and it launches in High Holborn in London today.

The High Holborn site will continue to employ 22 workers, which it says is 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.

Tesco has been testing its "frictionless" technology at a trial site within its headquarters in Welwyn Garden City since 2019.

You need to be signed up to the Tesco.com app to go inside the store (


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It comes after Amazon launched its first Amazon Go shop in the UK in February with “just walk out technology”.

The online retail giant has since expanded to five more sites as part of its takeover of the UK high street.

Aldi also opened its own till-free shop last month.

The store will still employ shop workers though (


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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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