UK shopping centres provide mobile charging hotspot

Consumers visiting a selection of shopping centres across the UK will be able to benefit from phone charging facilities, following a move that highlights the people's growing reliance on their mobile devices.

Property firm and shopping centre owner British Land is launching the ChargeBox service at Meadowhall in Sheffield, Drake Circus in Plymouth, St Stephen's in Hull, Broughton Shopping Park in Chester and Teesside Shopping Park in Stockton-on-Tees.

The new service provides consumers with a free and secure way to charge their phones while shopping, and the lockers offer a free 30-minute battery charging service which on average charges devices by up to 40%. The roll-out comes after a successful trial earlier this year.

Claire Barber, head of shopping centre asset management for British Land, commented: "The ChargeBox system offers a convenient and safe way for consumers to recharge their phones whilst continuing to shop.

"It is the latest initiative we are delivering at our shopping centres and parks to further improve the shopper experience."

Individual retailers have also taken to offering mobile charging services in their stores to help increase customer dwell time and to provide extra services to their customers.

Fashion retailer Urban Outfitters offers the service in the US alongside tech company ChargeItSpot, while Starbucks provides wireless charging hotspots in some of its properties.

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