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Tesco becomes first UK retailer to launch a Google Glass enabled service


Tesco has become the first retailer to launch a customer Glass enabled service with a basic version of its shopping app now available for users of the wearable device.

The Glassware has been developed by Tesco Labs, which experiments with disruptive technologies that have the potential to change the way customers shop. The Tesco Grocery Glassware lets you browse goods, view nutritional information and add items to your shopping basket hands-free. In this, its first foray into providing services for those using wearable technology, Tesco has intentionally kept the functionality of the app simple as it considers the consumer response to wearables and the likelihood of increased demand.

Pablo Coberly, Innovation Engineer at Tesco Labs comments, “At Tesco we want to ensure we have the means in place to allow customers to shop whenever, however they want which is why we’re testing the possibilities of customers topping up their online basket with Glass”

The Tesco Grocery Glassware works alongside customers grocery accounts, automatically adding products to the customer’s online basket for them to then review and order by computer, tablet or mobile. Pablo Coberly continues, “We don’t envisage Glass becoming the new platform for shopping as its functionality is different, and more immediate. Instead, it compliments other devices and integrates shopping into everyday life because products can be ordered or added as and when customers realise they need replacing.”

As for the future of the Tesco Grocery Glassware, Tesco Labs says this will be driven by customer needs and demand. Pablo comments, “We’ve intentionally kept functionality very basic given the early stages of customer use of Glass. We’re keen to see how customers react to shopping with Glassware and welcome feedback or suggestions from customers using Glass.“

Glass users can install Tesco Grocery Glassware through MyGlass on their mobile device or desktop.

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