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Wave goodbye to your shopping list

Sainsbury's to supply customers with scanners

The paperless office might have fallen by the wayside, but now Sainsbury's has a scheme to do away with all those scraps of paper we used to jot down our shopping lists.

The supermarket has introduced a pocket scanner trial in a Manchester-based store. The egg-shaped device will be offered to shoppers to take home with them, then they simply scan in the barcodes of any items they are running low on. An instore computer relays the information to staff who pick out the goods and despatch your order.

"People can carry this with them all the time and just add something to the list when it pops into their mind," said a company spokesperson.

Sainsbury's has not yet decided whether to charge people for the scanner, but it may require users to pay a deposit.

This is not the first initiative to allow shoppers to draw up lists on the move — just last week, Tesco launched its PDA software, designed to allow people to 'shop on the move'.


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