Aldi trials its first checkout free store

Aldi is the next grocer in line to trial a checkout free store that will allow its customers to pay for their shopping and leave without visiting a till point.

Customers will need to scan a smartphone app while will allow them to enter the store before selecting their items and continue shopping as usual.

Once the customer has left the store, they will be emailed their receipt and charged automatically using their chosen method of payment.

Aldi has said that its staff are currently testing the concept store and further trials will be carried out including members of the public.

“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,” Aldi chief executive of the UK and Ireland Giles Hurley said.

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“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 discount grocer has said its first concept store will employ around the same number of staff as a typical Aldi Local store.

The move follows the launch of Aldi’s click-and-collect scheme last year, which customers can access in over 200 Aldi stores across the country.

Aldi follows the trend started by Amazon Fresh, which opened its sixth checkout-less store in Dalston, and Tesco which has been trialling similar technology.

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