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Woolworths to open a cashless store in Sydney

Mark Fletcher
November 1st, 2019 · No Comments

News is reporting that Woolworths is set to open a cashless store in Sydney.

If your usual idea of a Woolworths is a large store with multitudes of aisles, a deli, and a liquor store to the left as you leave, you may need to think again.

Woolworths is putting the finishing touches to a new concept store that is so tiny it has only a single aisle.

About 40 times more compact than a usual store, Australia’s smallest ever Woolworths has been shoe-horned into the site of a former coffee shop at the bottom of an office block.

The store will also be Woolies’ first ever completely cashless store – with no notes or coins accepted. But it’s slight nature means there is one big selling item that will be missing.

The company hadn’t made an official announcement, but news.com.au spied an under-construction store in inner city Sydney which sported the never seen before “Woolworths MetroGo” branding half hidden under plastic. Inside staff were scurrying to fill the shelves.

The next step will be no scanning of products by you or them, no counter. Walk in, take what you went, leave. This already exists in the US.

We have to keep up.

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