For those people who are sick of shopping and queuing, two supermarkets have introduced new ways to stop the queues.
ASDA and Sainsbury’s have brought in new technology to allow you to avoid waiting in massive queues.
Both supermarkets are now usual virtual queues which can be used via an app on your phone so you won’t have to wait outside.
As winter gets colder, that’s good news for people who don’t want to freeze in the fresh air and more important as people stock up for Christmas.
Shoppers get a notification when they are at the front of the line, meaning they can turn up and head straight in.
Customers without a smartphone can ask a member of staff to be added to the virtual queue, and will be alerted when it’s their turn.
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The app, which is provided by Ufirst, was piloted in July and is now being tried in more stores.
Asda is now running a similar app in around 50 of its stores. Its system was trialed in the Middleton branch in Leeds in May, according to The Grocer.
The budget supermarket’s virtual queue is run by Qudini, which allows customers to log on using an app, scanning a QR code or sending a text.
The QR code shows a countdown to let shoppers know where in the queue they are, while the text system sends an alert when it is their turn.
Similar technology is being used in three John Lewis stores.
M&S’s version allows customers to book a 30-minute slot to shop at one of 566 standalone Food Halls and branches.