Goodbye catalogues, hello tablet computers

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Catalogue shopping chain Argos has given its three Sheffield stores a ‘digital makeover’ - revamped ‘paperless’ stores with tables of computer tablets replacing the traditional laminated catalogues, paper slips and little pens.

The stores, in Angel Street in the city centre, at Meadowhall, and at Crystal Peaks retail park, were selected from more than 700 Argos stores across the UK to pioneer the new approach.

Customers can use the tablets to browse for products to add to a digital shopping trolley, and access extra product information including videos, photos and customer reviews.

Shoppers can also pay for goods online at home or on the move and then collect from a special Fast Track point in store.

All store staff have undergone special training to provide help to customers on the shop floor using the technology.

Argos area manager for South Yorkshire, James McLean, said: “We are really proud to be giving shoppers in Sheffield the opportunity to shop digitally and give them access to the things they want quickly and easily.”

Staff are also being issued new uniforms with loops to hold their technology headsets.