Tesco has announced that cash payments will no longer be accepted for its popular ‘Scan as You Shop’ service.
The system, which was first introduced in 2012, is exclusive to Clubcard members and has since been made available in around 500 stores.
It allows customers to process their own shopping and therefore provides a “quicker way” to shop, as reported by the Manchester Evening News .
Customers simply scan items using a barcode scanner, pack their own groceries whilst around the supermarket and once they’ve finished, pay for their food at dedicated ‘Scan as You Shop’ checkouts.
The service currently allows for both cash and card payments, though the supermarket chain has begun notifying customers that this will change within the next 2 weeks.
Tesco recently confirmed that “Scan as You Shop is changing” on January 13, providing details to customers in messages printed on receipts.
The message reads: “Scan as you shop is changing. The scan as you shop payment area will only be accepting card.
“Want to pay with cash? You can still do so by using self-service tills or main checkouts. Our colleagues will be able to help or answer any questions.”
A spokesperson for Tesco told the Manchester Evening News that 90 per cent of Scan as You Shop customers check-out using card payments.
They said that the change would “make it easier and faster for customers” and will affect “most of [its] larger stores,” who will take card payments only from January 13.