Aldi’s new checkout-free stores cost a whopping £1.8 million to refit making it more than twice as expensive as Amazon’s Go stores.
According to The Mirror, which says it spoke to an anonymous Aldi insider, the German discounter’s upcoming autonomous stores could be rolled out across the UK after it irons out issues with the cutting edge technology.
Earlier this week, Aldi revealed that it had become the latest major grocer to test out checkout-free shopping, stating that it had begun trialling the concept in a store with its own staff.
Aldi said that its new autonomous stores would have as many staff as its traditional locations, however the source told The Mirror that “not as many staff (are) needed.”
“The way things are going, in a few year’s time all shops will have it, and fewer staff will be needed – but I don’t think that’s the way forward,” they added.
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While Aldi has not yet confirmed where its trial store is located, the source indicated it was in Greenwich, London, adding that the technology “does work”, but was not yet “100 per cent”.
Just like Amazon’s Fresh and Go stores, which are thought to cost around $1 million (£720,000) to fit out, Aldi shoppers will sign into the store via a smartphone app and be charged automatically when they leave the store.
“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.
“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.”