A new 100% automatic Pingo Doce opened in Greater Lisbon

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There are never any queues here. Customers just enter and exit with a QR code.

The concept is not new, but it is still rare in our country. In August, Pingo Doce opened a store where there are no queues. The space is in the Instituto Superior Técnico, near Almada.

The aim is not to replace traditional stores, but to “test new technologies and products”, André Ribeiro de Faria, chief marketing and consumer ffficer at Jerónimo Martins, told NiT.

To enter the store, you need to download the Pingo Doce & Go app, which is available for iOS and Android systems. As soon as you open the app, you’ll be asked for your cell phone number, from which you’ll receive a four-digit verification code that allows you to proceed. After completing this step, a QR code will be generated which must be used to open the doors.

The supermarket has many of the products that students (and others) are looking for. There is fruit, vegetables and, of course, food that is easily prepared and eaten, such as pizzas, wraps or salads. There is also the usual pastry and bakery service. Customers scan the products themselves at the automatic tills. At the end, all they have to do is scan the QR code again and they can leave.

In addition to this supermarket area, Pingo Doce & Go do Técnico has a restaurant that is also automatic – and paid for with a bank card. The menu includes simple and traditional dishes that change every day. This spot has 180 seats, 82 of which are on the terrace.

Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert is a 55-year-old writer and journalist based in Porto, Portugal. Born in France, he brings a unique blend of French and Portuguese perspectives to his work. Education Hervé studied Journalism and Literature at the University of Lyon in France. After completing his studies, he gained valuable experience working with various French media outlets (Portugal France also). Career He worked for several years as a journalist in France before making the move to Portugal. In Porto, he joined the Portugal Pulse team as a staff writer. Skills Hervé specializes in storytelling, investigative journalism, and cultural commentary. He has a flair for capturing complex issues in a relatable way. Personal Life He currently resides in Porto and enjoys the city's rich culture, from Fado music to Francesinha cuisine. Hervé continues to maintain strong ties to his French heritage, often traveling back to France for family visits and cultural exploration. With his unique background and diverse skill set, Hervé Hubert adds a layered, multicultural lens to every story he covers.

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