Aldi has confirmed that it will launch its first checkout-free store in the heart of Greenwich, London but has not yet given a firm date for its launch.
Aldi revealed last week that it had begun testing a fully autonomous store with its own staff, using a mix of cameras, sensors and artificial intelligence to recognise which items shoppers pick up then charge them automatically as they leave.
Days later a report citing an anonymous source revealed that the new store, thought to have cost Aldi a whopping £1.8 million to fit out, was set to open in Greenwich.
This morning, amid the release of its full-year financial results, Aldi confirmed the rumours announcing that its new high-tech store will be launched in the former Poundstretcher store on Greenwich High Road.
It is understood that its new high-tech store will be an Aldi Local, the German discounter’s smaller format store found in more urban areas which sell around a more limited range of 1500 products.
While local media have said that the new store is due to open in late October, Aldi did not confirm when its new store would open, or whether any more checkout-free stores were on the horizon.
However according to The Mirror, Aldi plans to roll out the new format across the UK after it irons out the remaining issues with its system, which is reportedly “not 100 per cent” yet.
It came as Aldi announced plans to invest £1.3 billion in the UK after seeing sales top £13.5 billion over the past year, creating 2000 new jobs, opening 100 stores and expanding its logistics infrastructure by 1.3 million sq ft over the next two years.