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Tuesday 21st September 2021, 16:13 London

Aldi trials checkout-free store

The discounter is testing the concept with colleagues at a London store, ahead of further trials with the public

Aldi trials checkout-free store

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Aldi has become the latest retailer to test a checkout-free store concept.

The discounter is trialling new checkout-free technology in London, which will allow customers to scan a smartphone app to enter the store, pick up their shopping, and walk out without the need to pay at a till.

Shortly after their visit, customers receive an email receipt and are charged automatically using their chosen payment method.

The grocery chain said colleagues are currently testing the concept and further trials will be carried out by members of the public.

UK and Ireland chief executive Giles Hurley explained: “We are always looking to redefine what it means to be a discount retailer, and the technology involved in this trial will give us a wealth of learnings.

“We are really excited to be testing this concept that will enable customers to pick from our range of quality products, all available at unbeatable prices, then leave the store without having to pay at a till.”

The first concept store will employ approximately the same number of colleagues as a typical Aldi Local.

The announcement follows Aldi’s launch of click-and-collect last year, which is now available in over 200 Aldi stores across the UK.

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