If the last year had to be described in an image, it would possibly be one of people queueing outside supermarkets.
It’s become a part of our life to now wait outside the supermarket until we’re allowed in, and while we understand why we have to do it and have grown accustomed to it – it can still be a frustrating experience.
Whether you’re shopping at Tesco, Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Asda, or elsewhere, you most likely want to get your shopping done as quickly as possible and as safely as possible.
With social distancing and queueing, it’s pretty much guaranteed that your trip to the supermarket will take longer than it used to.
However, one Asda shopper has found a loophole, allowing you to skip the queues during busy periods, according to our sister site MyLondon.
Tom Haynes took a trip to a large Asda on Old Kent Road, and noted how there were “queues stretching down the aisles”.
He described the hack as being “so in front of people’s faces I want to shout it from the rooftops.”
The revolutionary Scan and Go app.
Many supermarkets have something similar in place, allowing customers to scan their own products, then simply whiz through a self-checkout service for scan and go, and, well, go.
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Tom explained: “Scan and Go is hard to miss, since there are adverts for it everywhere, and yet every time I go to Asda no one is using it and I can only ask: Why?”
All you need to use the app is an Asda account and a smartphone with a camera.
Tom recalled that in the early days of scan and go “they had these wicked laser guns you could scan stuff with,” similar to Tesco, “but the ability to sort everything from your phone is safer Covid -wise and is more widely accessible.”
It’s pretty simple to use – once you’ve got the app downloaded and opened, simply use your smartphone’s camera to scan the barcode and drop it in your basket or trolley.
Tom explained: “At the end of your shop you can sail straight to a Scan and Go stand (with, I repeat, zero queuing) and scan a barcode on a screen which immediately processes all your items.
“You might get spot-checked but it’s no big deal. You can then bag up al your stuff and head right out.”
One thing Tom did point out, though, is that it’s a good idea to ask for a copy of your receipt, “because if the doors go off you’ll find no record of purchase on your phone”.
He went on to say: “The best bit of Scanning and Going is watching the self-service truthers try and use the machine only to be told by exasperated shop workers that they need to have followed the above steps.
“I can confidently say living the Scan and Go life has been the best decision I’ve ever made – it’s earned me back hours and hours of my life.”