Sainsbury’s to launch contactless payments before Christmas

British grocer Sainsbury's will roll out contactless payment in its stores before the end of 2015, Retail Week has reported.

Sainsbury’s to launch contactless payments before Christmas

The gradual roll-out of the technology would start before Christmas and all of Sainsbury’s 600 supermarkets and 700 convenience outlets would offer the new payment method by the first half of 2016.

Though precise dates have not been confirmed, the programme could see some stores offering contactless payments as early as next month, the publication said.

The move is part of the retailer’s ongoing drive to improve in-store technology.

Sainsbury’s in April 2015 disclosed that it was trailing a shop-and-go smartphone application, which would allow customers to complete their entire in-store shopping trip using their mobile phone.