Some receipts are just about worth keeping -- you may have second thoughts on the fit of those new jeans, after all -- but the scrolls you receive at supermarket checkouts are basically just paper waste. Every under-the-kitchen-sink plastic bag has one of these unread companions, but things could get a bit lonelier under there if Tesco's latest tech trial is successful. At one store in Harlow, Essex, the supermarket is testing out a paperless receipt system that skips the printer and sends it straight to your phone instead. The method is a bit clunky as it stands. Customers are given a unique sticker they pair with a mobile app.
Tesco is testing a paperless system which sends a record of your purchases to your smartphone - the first major U.K. retailer to experiment with digital receipt service. In Harlow, Essex, customers can tap a unique sticker on a special terminal at the till following their purchases. The terminal then sends a digital receipt to a pre-installed mobile app, which allows customers to keep a record of their purchases. "We're always looking for ways to make the shopping trip a little bit easier for customers. We're currently trialling a digital receipt service in one of our stores which will allow customers to keep a record of all their receipts in one place," a Tesco spokesman told Mashable.
More than two-thirds (68%) of US internet users in a recent YouGov Omnibus survey said they would rather receive a physical copy of their receipt when buying something in-store, while 19% favored an electronic copy, sent via email or text message. Very few (8%) said they skip receipts altogether. Older respondents, perhaps unsurprisingly, were the least interested in electronic receipts. Fully 83% of those 55 and older said they would rather receive a paper receipt, and 74% of 45- to 54-year-olds said the same. For the most part, younger respondents were less likely to prefer a paper copy, but only around 20% to 25% want to go paperless.
While CVS receipts are known to be unnecessarily long, this costume took that to a whole new level. Dressed as a 12-foot-long CVS receipt, this man went to CVS to make a purchase. The staff cracked up at his costume as he made his way around the store. Unfortunately, the receipt from his purchase was much shorter than 12 feet.
Skype is catching up with pretty much every other chat program on the planet by finally adding read receipts. When someone has seen your message, their avatar will pop up below, so you can see at a glance how up to date they are with your conversation. The feature is available in one-on-one conversations as well as group chats with as many as 20 people; everyone will need to use the 8.26.76 preview build on iOS, Android or desktop for it to work. If sending read receipts is not your jam, you can turn them off in your privacy settings and they are disabled in any case if your status is set to invisible. That said, to see read receipts from others, you'll need to have the option turned on.