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Aldi unveils first checkout-free store

Joanna Faith
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Joanna Faith

Discount supermarket Aldi is to trial check-out free technology in one of its London stores.

The retailer said customers will be able to scan a smartphone app to enter the store, pick up their shopping, and simply walk out without the need to pay at a till.

Shortly after their visit, they will get an email receipt and be charged automatically using their chosen payment method.

Aldi, which is Britain’s fifth-largest supermarket, said colleagues are currently testing the store and further trials will be carried out by members of the public.

It would not disclose information about the exact location of the store or how long the trial would last.

Giles Hurley, chief executive of Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “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.

“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.”

Amazon has trialled similar technology in a number of stores across London.