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Costcutter Trials Fingerprint Payments In London Store

UK retailer Costcutter has become the first supermarket in the world to let customers pay for groceries using their fingerprints, according to the Telegraph.

Costcutter's store at Brunel University in London is currently trialling the system, which scans shoppers' fingerprints and links it to their bank cards.

Once a customer's finger print and bank card are linked, their details are stored with payment provider Worldpay, allowing for a quick, card-less payment in store.

Easy, Secure

The company behind this technology, Sthaler, has said that it is in 'serious talks' with other UK supermarkets to adopt this innovation in more stores.

Simon Binns, the company's commercial director, told the Daily Telegraph that the system "makes payments so much easier for customers".

"They don’t need to carry cash or cards. They don’t need to remember a pin number. You just bring yourself. This is the safest form of biometrics. There are no known incidences where this security has been breached."

Sthaler says that dozens of students at Brunel University are already using the systems, and it expects that 3,000 out of 13,000 students will have signed up by November.

© 2017 European Supermarket Magazine – your source for the latest retail news. Article by Sarah Harford. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: The European Supermarket Magazine.

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