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I shopped at Sainsbury’s for the first time until it was empty, queuing is a thing of the past

IF SANTA grants me one wish this year, it will be a way to escape the mind-numbing carnival queues.

Sainsbury’s made that happen this week in one of its stores in central London – no holiday magic needed.

This Sainsbury's in central London has no cashiers or vending machines

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This Sainsbury’s in central London has no cashiers or vending machinesCredit: The Sun
Customers scan a QR code to enter, take items off the shelf, and walk out. Their bank card is then charged through their online Sainbury account

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Customers scan a QR code to enter, take items off the shelf, and walk out. Their bank card is then charged through their online Sainbury accountCredit: The Sun

Just a hop and a short stroll from the capital’s bustling Oxford Street, the idyllic shop has no cashiers or cashier counters to speak of.

Instead of scanning items and flashing a bit of plastic, customers can pick whatever they want and leave without having to use it.

You’ll be paid minutes later through an app without talking to a person…or a machine.

Sainsbury’s opened a location near its headquarters in Lonon’s Holborn on Monday with the hope that it will revolutionize the way we buy our groceries.

Approaching its sliding doors with some curious apprehension on opening day, I was struck by its casual look.

You’d be forgiven for assuming it’s any old supermarket until you walk through the entrance and hit the automated fence.

You switch over after scanning with a QR code linked to Sainsbury’s SmartShop Pick & Go app, which has your banking information on it.

Once you’re in there, you just pick the items on the shelf and put them in your bag. The camera and other sensors keep track of what you capture and reset.

You’re free to roam around the turkey store and pick up any scraps as you please – the camera guarantees you won’t get a five-finger discount.

The first time I tried it on my own, it was hard not to feel like I was breaking the law as I grabbed my bag of items I knew I was about to simply throw away.

The store has everything you’d expect from a downtown supermarket, from small packages of meat to jugs of milk and takeaway sandwiches.

There’s even a drinking area where you can sip some wine and beer. It is locked behind a gate operated by a staff member who will check your ID before entering.

Sainsbury’s is using Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology in store.

The retail giant’s system is already used in dozens of their Amazon Go stores in the US and UK, which means it’s been tried and tested.

To make it a little over-the-top, I pick up a few items, walk around a bit, then replace them to see if I get billed later.

As I walked out the door (through another barrier activated with a QR code), a digital receipt landed in my inbox.

It only has items that are still in my bag and none of the items that I have returned on their shelves: A real Christmas miracle.

Talking to fellow clients outside, I discovered that most of them work nearby and visited on launch day out of curiosity.

One shopper – Mark, from north London – admitted he had no idea the store was empty until he walked through the front door.

Many people agree that skipping lines and saving time by skipping checkout has made shopping quick and easy.

If only this kind of technology were available in all stores in London… Santa Claus, you know what to do.

Price has weight to detect when items have been removed

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Price has weight to detect when items have been removedCredit: The Sun
The ceiling is littered with cameras and other sensors to track what is picked up and returned by customers

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The ceiling is littered with cameras and other sensors to track what is picked up and returned by customersCredit: The Sun
You need to rescan the QR code on your phone when you leave

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You need to rescan the QR code on your phone when you leaveCredit: The Sun
Once your shopping bag is full, simply walk out of the store without scanning the barcodes of the items or presenting your bank card.

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Once your shopping bag is full, simply walk out of the store without scanning the barcodes of the items or presenting your bank card.Credit: The Sun
Sainsbury's email you the receipt and charges you the card online

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Sainsbury’s email you the receipt and charges you the card onlineCredit: The Sun
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