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Argos in move towards tablets

ARGOS has made the first move towards stores where tablet computers will replace the retailer's trademark laminated catalogues.

Customers will be able to browse, check product reviews and order via in-store iPads at six "digital concept" shops being launched by the group, with a 60-second fast-track collection service for those pre-ordering online or on mobile devices.

At the moment, the trial stores are all based in the UK but it is expected that if successful, the initiative will move to Ireland.

Tables of tablet computers will take the place of its traditional catalogues (pictured above), pencils and paper slips across the trial outlets, although Argos assured customers it would not axe its catalogues altogether.

It said it would still make them available on customer service desks for those "more comfortable using them for shopping".

It comes as the Home Retail Group-owned chain plans to transform itself into a digital-led retailer. The firm said it already makes more than 40pc of sales online, while revenues from smartphone and tablet orders are also increasing at a rapid pace and are now accounting for 16pc of its total sales.