Online shopping - Tesco practises in the dark carts
We've discussed the point before - that shoppers in the likes of Tesco are becoming increasingly inconvenient obstacles to the grocery-loaded crates of the staff fulfilling online orders. In fact we've even mentioned in the past that perhaps the day will come when the only customers at supermarkets are staff making up orders for home delivery. Our readership calls us by many names, but now you can add clairvoyant to that list because the day of "dark stores" has arrived.
Tesco has begun opening a series of these stores which customers will never set foot in. They'll be laid out in a similar way to a normal supermarket but without checkouts and mislabeled point-of-sale material, and only the staff will walk the aisles - as if working in a supermarket couldn't be more depressing, now they'll be hermetically sealed in an anonymous box. It'll be just like in Moon, at least until Tesco gets to grips with cloning.
The first two stores have been opened in Croydon and Aylesford and a third is due to open next year in Greenford. According to The Telegraph, Tesco currently gets 475,000 orders online per week and 3.4 million visitors to their website. How many Bitterwallet readers can be counted amongst that statistic? Several of you have complained that while online grocery shopping can be more convenient, if there's a rotting bag of salad to be palmed off or a pack of chicken wings that are best before the day they're delivered, they'll end up on your doorstep. If you don't buy the big shop online, why not?
[Telegraph] photo by Bitterwallet reader Joff