Sainsbury’s have been rolling out mobile pay on their SmartShop app for a few months. Today I found a Sainsbury’s Local near me which supports it, so I gave it a go. It felt pretty seamless scanning items on the phone and using Apple Pay within the app. You then scan a QR code before leaving the shop and a receipt pops up in the app so it doesn’t feel too much like shoplifting!
I’ve been interested in Amazon Go for a while, but I think this is the closest I’ll get to experiencing that.
I’m hoping Sainsbury’s continue to support this and it’ll be ideal if their regular supermarkets eventually adopt it too - I tend to use SmartShop for the weekly shop, but the checkout area is fairly cramped, so I’d love to have the ability to pay on my phone and walk out without having to stop at the checkout.