Woolworths introduces more hi-tech checkouts: 'Saves so much time'

Woolworths customers looking for a speedy checkout might soon be able to try the supermarket's queue-skipping technology which is slowly being introduced in more stores across the country.

The Scan&Go contactless shopping option was first introduced in September last year, but some customers might be seeing them for the first time in their local store.

"Scan&Go is the faster, smarter way to shop for your groceries at Woolworths," a Woolworths spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia. The exciting new tech is now available in 66 stores across Australia, with plans to move into more.

Scan&Go makes checking out at Woolworths quicker and it is now available at more stores. Source: Woolworths
Scan&Go makes checking out at Woolworths quicker and it is now available at more stores. Source: Woolworths

"Customers download the Woolworths app on their phone and simply scan the product barcodes as they walk through the store if Scan&Go is offered at their local store. Customers finalise their shop by paying through the app then presenting a QR code at the Scan&Go dedicated checkout upon exiting the store."

Customers rave about new Woolworths tech

The idea is simple and already getting shoppers excited. "Love how easy it is to scan a product and bag it and pay through the app with my linked card," one person raved online. Another said it was the "most enjoyable shopping experience with kids ever," adding it "saves so much time".

Woolworths in Crows Nest and Wentworthville in Sydney are reportedly among the most recent to finally introduce the new technology, joining 29 other NSW stores which already have it. Currently, 17 stores in Victoria have introduced Scan&Go, 11 in Queensland, plus an additional 12 across the rest of Australia.

"As Woolworths opens new stores and renew existing stores, Scan&Go will be considered part of the mix," A Woolworths spokesperson said.

A Woolworths store.
The new Scan&Go tech is rolling out across more Woolworths stores. Source: Getty

Woolworths staffer shows how Scan&Go works

Earlier this year, Woolworths staffer Liam Kirley showed the tech in action. "If you love tech like me, then you'll love this way to shop at Woolies," he said in a video on TikTok.

While scanning barcodes of products is straightforward, Liam demonstrates how shoppers can scan their loose fresh produce using the Artificial Intelligence-enabled scales in select stores.

"For fruit and veg, simply pick up the produce you want, then put it on our scales and it comes up with what one it is," he explains.

The innovative scale not only weighs the item, but also accurately predicts which type of fruit or vegetable it is and provides a barcode for shoppers to scan with their phone.

Customers can find out whether Scan&Go is available at their local store by checking the full list on the Woolworths website.

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