Aldi trials check-out free store in London
Aldi has chosen Greenwich as the location for its first checkout-free store in London .
The Aldi Shop & Go concept store on Greenwich High Street has now opened for public testing following a trial with Aldi staff in recent months.
The shop allows customers to complete their shop without having to scan a single product or visit a checkout. Instead, they are asked to download the Aldi Shop & Go app, which enables 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 are automatically charged for their shopping via their selected payment method with a receipt appearing in the app.
The system, provided by AiFi, uses specially positioned cameras to detect which products customers have picked up, before charging them to their Aldi Shop & Go account when they leave the store.
Customers wishing to purchase alcohol, or other Challenge 25 products, will be able to use facial age estimation technology to authorise their purchase. This technology, provided by Yoti, enables customers to confirm their identity within seconds via the Aldi Shop & Go app. Those who opt not use the system will instead be age verified by Aldi store staff.
Giles Hurley, chief executive 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 utilises 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.”
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