SHOPPERS at the Co-op could soon pay for groceries using their mobile phones.
The supermarket chain has launched a trial which would mean the end of checkout tills.
If successful, the scheme is set to be rolled out across the country this summer.
Customers at a Manchester store can use an app to scan products. When they have finished what they owe is deducted from their account.
Co-op spokesman Matthew Speight said: “It is all about consumer choices and convenience. We recognise there are many communities where customers pop in to their local Co-op and enjoy a friendly chat – it is all part of the service.
“ Whereas for others, perhaps with a train to catch or on a school run, every second can count as consumers seek increased convenience.”
The supermarket said cash transactions were down by 15 per cent in 18 months.
The technology has been developed in congunction with Mastercard which offered secure digital payments expertise.
Elliott Goldenberg of Mastercard, which co-developed the app, said: “Technology is bringing unprecedented change.”
Tesco, Waitrose and other supermarkets have a similar service but it still involves paying at the till.