Sainsbury's Argos Launches First Self-Service Digital Store In London

LONDON (Alliance News) - Argos Ltd, a subsidiary of J Sainsbury PLC, on Friday said it has opened ...

Alliance News 26 April, 2019 | 1:22PM
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LONDON (Alliance News) - Argos Ltd, a subsidiary of J Sainsbury PLC, on Friday said it has opened its first self-service digital store in Sainsbury's Dulwich branch, bringing a checkout-free shopping experience to customers.

The launch comes as the retailer reaches over GBP2 billion sales generated through customers shopping on mobile devices. Customers shopping on smartphones and tablets now account for more than 70% of all Argos online sales, making it the retailer's fastest growing channel.

Overall, GBP4.7 billion of Sainsbury's sales are generated online.

Argos said its first self-service store will see customers pay at the same tablet they use to browse the catalogue, removing the need to visit a separate checkout area to pay.

"Having launched nearly 300 Argos stores in Sainsbury's supermarkets, we're making it easier and more convenient for customers to do more of their shopping under one roof," said Argos's Chief Executive John Rogers.

"We're continuing to test innovative new formats and with the launch of our first self-service digital store we're offering shoppers a speedier way to pay and giving our colleagues more time to serve and help customers," added Rogers.

In August 2018, Sainsbury's mimicked Amazon.com Inc with launch of first checkout-free store in London.

By Evelina Grecenko; evelinagrecenko@alliancenews.com

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