You Can’t Ignore It; How Can You Embrace It?

In April 2019, Sainsbury’s opened its first cash-free store in Holborn Circus, London. It was the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, ahead of other grocers and their nemesis, At the tech-heavy convenience store, shoppers can scan the items they wish to buy with their phones, drop them into a cart, and be charged on the way out, no human attendants or cash registers required. Sainsbury’s stated goal was to provide a more seamless shopping experience; but the real motivation for the rollout may have had something to do with all the publicity that Amazon was receiving for its Amazon Go stores. In these stores, shoppers don’t even need to scan an item; they just need to have ...

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