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Britain's Tesco opens checkout-free store in London

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Tesco opens its first checkout-free store, giving customers the opportunity to shop and pay without scanning a product or using a checkout in London, Britain, October 18, 2021. Ben Stevens/Parsons Media/Handout via REUTERS

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LONDON, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Britain's biggest retailer Tesco (TSCO.L) will on Tuesday open its first checkout-free store in central London, allowing customers to shop and pay without scanning a product or interacting with a cashier.

Tesco's move follows similar trials by rivals, including Amazon (AMZN.O), Aldi and Morrisons (MRW.L).

The roll-out of "GetGo" to the Tesco Express store at High Holborn follows a successful trial at a staff store on the retailer's headquarters campus at Welwyn Garden City, north of London, which has been in place since 2019, the firm said.

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The High Holborn store has been cashless since it opened in 2018.

Customers with the Tesco.com app will be able to check-in to the store, pick up the groceries they need and walk straight out without visiting a checkout.

A combination of cameras and weight-sensors will establish what customers have picked up and charge them for products directly through the app when they leave the store.

Customers will receive a receipt on their phone within a few minutes of leaving the store.

Tesco said it has partnered with Trigo to roll out the technology.

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Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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