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UK: Aldi’s checkout-free concept store opens for public testing

Aldi opened its first checkout-free Shop&Go concept store in Greenwich, London, after being tested by Aldi staff in recent months. The new trial store allows customers to shop without scanning any product, or having to check out. To shop here, people need to download the Aldi Shop&Go app instead, which will allow them to enter the store, pick up their items, and then simply walk out when they have completed their shop. Once a customer leaves the store they will then be automatically charged for their shopping via their selected payment method and a receipt will appear in the app. The system provided AiFi uses specially positioned cameras to detect the products customers have picked up, before charging them via the app when they leave the store.

Giles Hurley, CEO of Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “Today is the culmination of months of work, not least from the team here in Greenwich and I’m looking forward to seeing how customers react to our trial. This store utilizes the very latest in retail technology offering Aldi’s award-winning products and unbeatable prices to customers in a new and innovative way. The team are really excited about seeing customers come in and experience Aldi Shop&Go.”