Retailer WH Smith is using wireless technology to speed customers through the painful process of Christmas shopping in its 25 busiest UK stores.
But mobile checkouts could be here to stay. A company spokesperson said: "This is definitely not just for Christmas because WH Smith has found that people put baskets down and don't buy anything when queues are long.
"We are piloting it now at our 25 busiest stores and, if successful, we will implement similar schemes in other stores."
Mobile solutions company 1-2-1 Euro Technology put together the system that uses Casio wireless handheld barcode scanners, and mobile receipt printers with technology from BT and software from the NSB group.
WH Smith staff can scan the contents of a shopping basket while customers queue, and a receipt can be printed on a mini printer that fits onto a worker's trouser belt.
So if you're in a major outlet this festive season look out for the Queue Busters clad in red and brandishing handhelds.
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