Young shoppers want to pay with chip in skin

shoppers want to pay with chip in skin

Last updated at 14:13pm on
11th October 2006

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Some customers are willing to have microchip implants as a means of
paying in stores, a report out today says.

Teenagers are more open to the idea of having a
high-tech shopping experience, the Tomorrow’s Shopping World report

Around 8 per cent of 13 to 19-year-olds were
open to the idea of
microchip implants while 16 per cent wanted trolleys to be fitted with
SatNav systems.

This compared to just 5 per cent and 12 per
cent respectively
for adults asked the same questions.
Two thirds of teenagers and 62 per cent of adults questioned for
grocery think tank IGD’s report wanted self-scanning systems at shop

Some 7 per cent of people in both age groups
were willing to use biometric iris or retina recognition payment

On a more low-tech note, 61 per cent of adults
and 57 per cent of teenagers wanted staff to pack their bags in shops.

And a "cashless society" is not expected to
have materialised within the next decade.

The report says 39 per cent of teenage
respondents and 30 per
cent of adults said they would still be using cash in 10 year’s time.

It adds: "The current and future progress of
services in store is counter-balanced by the need for shopping with
some form of ‘human contact’."

One third of adults and 40 per cent of
teenagers wanted lots of staff involvement with the shopping

The report, sponsored by technology services
company EDS,
followed an IGD poll of 500 teenagers and a similar number of adults
about their predicted grocery shopping habits for the next decade.

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