Aldi launches first checkout-free store

Aldi has become the latest retailer to trial its first checkout-free store.  

The new store will allow customers to enter the store and scan items using a smartphone app as they shop. 

Once the customer has left the store, they will be automatically charged with an email receipt being sent.  

The discount retailer also revealed it will be hiring the same number of staff as a regular Aldi Local store. 

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The move follows a similar concept currently being trialled by Tesco and Amazon Fresh, which has recently unveiled its sixth checkout0free store in Dalston. 

“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 chief executive of the UK and Ireland 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.” 

Lat year, Aldi also launched its click-and-collect scheme, which is now available in over 200 locations across the UK. 

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