Aldi starts checkout-free store trials in London
Who needs cashiers when you have smartphones and bar codes?
Do you dread the thought of cashiers? Are you first in line at the self-checkout? Then you'll love what Aldi's got cooking.
Mirror announced that Aldi is beginning to trial stores with no checkouts whatsoever! The idea is that customers install an app on their phones and simply walk into an Aldi store. When they're done shopping, they just walk out, their cards are charged automatically and the receipt is emailed to them. As of now, there is only one undisclosed trial store in London that is used by the employees, not customers. Aldi did say the system will be rolled out to the public if it works but didn't mention a specific timeframe.
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Despite the lack of cashiers, Aldi said that they would still employ the same number of staff as their regular stores.
“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 UK and Ireland chief executive 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.”
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Amazon is also testing out checkout-free stores, called Amazon Go, in both the US and UK. To prevent shoplifting, customers scan a unique bar code on their phone when they enter the store which allows sensors and cameras to monitor them and the products they walk out with. Aldi hasn't mentioned if they will be using a technology similar to Amazon's approach.
Would you use stores like this or do you not trust the technology quite yet? Let us know in the comments below!