security
Facial Recognition is Coming to Supermarket Self-Service

Picture this very likely scenario. You're queuing up for a self-service checkout in the supermarket, and you have to wait for ages because some genius decided to go through with a trolley full of booze. So now there's a wait because they have to be verified for all the drunkening juice they decided to buy for whatever reason. That could change soon, however. Read More >>

biometrics
Costcutter Trials Vein-Reading Biometric Payment System

You might soon be able to pay by scanning some sort of veiny part of your body in at the supermarket till, with a trial backed by supermarket chain Costcutter using a bizarre gadget known as Fingopay to scan the veins of a... finger. Other body parts TBA. Read More >>

money
Supermarkets Test Surge-Pricing Crisps at Lunchtime via Electronic Price Tags

Some of the UK's biggest supermarkets are considering introducing fluctuating prices throughout the day, as the grocers look to the likes of Uber for ways they can manage demand at peak times and adjust prices accordingly. Read More >>

science
Supermarkets May Introduce “Plastic-Free” Aisles

Around 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced every year, and every year, 8 million tonnes end up in the ocean. You've probably seen the adverts and the documentaries: dead sea-birds cut open to reveal loads of tiny pieces of plastic in their stomachs, seals with six-pack rings around their necks, and that huge floating trash island in the Pacific. Read More >>

amazon
Report: Amazon to Emulate Aldi With Series of Physical Shops

New reports suggest Amazon is set to further encroach on the big supermarkets’ territories by selling groceries at a series of physical stores and drive-throughs. According to the Wall Street Journal, the online giant’s plans are codenamed ‘Project Como’, and it ultimately wants to emulate the likes of Aldi and Lidl. Read More >>

crime
Self-Service Checkouts Are Making Criminals of Us All

A report from criminologists at the University of Leicester has found that shoppers are more likely to be tempted to steal items when they use self-service checkouts. Read More >>

environment
Companies Can Dodge the 5p Plastic Bag Law by Chopping Off the Handles

The Card Factory has confirmed that it’s been getting around the 5p carrier bag law by simply doing away with handles. Regulations state that companies with 250 or more full-time members of staff have to charge at least 5p for a unused plastic bag with handles, that happens to be 70 microns thick or less. Read More >>

watch this
How Shops are Cleverly Designed to Make You Spend More Money

We’re all fools who get easily convinced by marketing and store design tricks because we can’t save ourselves from ourselves. Here is a short video from Wendover Productions detailing some clever layout design grocery stores use to get us to spend more money. Read More >>

food
Supermarkets Accused of Ripping Us Off With Exaggerated Savings and Baffling Offers

Consumer group Which? has launched a renewed attack on the UK supermarkets, saying their confusing blend of offers, misleading product discounts and ever-changing prices are designed to baffle buyers and trick us into spending more. Read More >>

health
Supermarkets Selling “Healthy” Juice Drinks With More Sugar Than Coke

The bizarre trend of forcing as much sugar as possible into our children is being led by the supermarkets, with Tesco offering one brand of banana and apple smoothie that contains a disastrous 16.1g of sugar per 100ml. Read More >>

uncategorized
Tesco Slashes Price of Unfortunately Named ISIS TVs

Tesco is having a bit of a TV fire sale at the moment, slashing huge chunks off the price of one of its TV ranges. So if you don't mind having an ISIS logo in your lounge, a 22-inch inch LED screen can be found for as little as £64. Read More >>

money
Pretend Supermarket Deals are Still Ripping Us Off, Says Consumer Group

Top trough-fillers Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's are still inflating prices and playing mind games with us, according to Which?, with the supermarket giants routinely inventing deals and promotions based around short-term previous prices. Read More >>

food
Shops Bin £1bn of Food Before it Even Hits the Shelves

The UK's food producers and retailers manage to bin a staggering 400,000 tonnes of food before it even goes on sale, roughly the equivalent of enough bruised fruit, off-colour apples and slightly squashed loaves to assemble 950 million meals. Read More >>

apple
Waitrose Tests iBeacons in Futuristic Tech Hotbed Swindon

Shoppers in Waitrose may soon have a legitimate reason for staring at their telephones while clattering into old ladies with their trolleys, thanks to the supermarket chain launching a trial of Apple's under-used iBeacons location-aware software. Read More >>

wtf
13-Year-Old Girl Learns Important Lesson About Not Hitting People in the Head With Fish

A young girl who attacked a shop worker by hitting him in the face with a fish has been reprimanded, with part of her punishment being made to write a letter of apology. A punishment that assumes someone has taught her how to write. Read More >>