Tesco app lets users scan items as they shop

Yap explaining how to use the hypermarket's new app to simplify the grocery shopping experience. — Tesco

Shoppers at Tesco can now keep track of their shopping and self-checkout faster using the hypermarket’s newly launched app.

Tesco Stores (M) Sdn Bhd’s Scan and Shop app enables customers to scan items as they shop, which is compiled into a running bill, helping users keep track of how much they are spending.

Users start the shopping session by scanning a QR code near the entrance, after which they can scan the barcodes on each item as they shop to add it to the virtual bill.

This also shows users if there is a discount or promotion on the item, and customers can also remove the item from the bill if they decide not to buy it.

Once done, the app generates a barcode to be used at the self-service checkout counters or cashier counters, saving time and energy on taking items out of the basket or trolley to be scanned.

Tesco Malaysia customer director Vivian Yap said market research showed customers are often short of time, which makes shopping for necessities a chore.

“By allowing customers to scan items and pay through their payment of choice using the Scan and Shop app, we are hoping that we can lessen the queue time and congestion at stores especially during peak hours,” she said, in a press release.

Yap added that the app could also help customers stick to their budget by tracking the total value of items as they shop.

“One of our major objectives at Tesco is to help customers manage their cost of living. Scan and Shop takes this to the next level as it allows customers to view and determine the total value of their basket simply through the app, even before making their purchases, ” she said.

Currently 59 of the 60 Tesco stores nationwide are equipped to work with the app, with the last store, Tesco Extra Selayang, expected to be equipped by June.

All future Tesco stores will also be Scan and Shop enabled, according to the company. The app is available for Android and iOS devices.

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