Aldi has announced it will be trialling its first checkout-free store in London. The store will allow customers to shop at the supermarket and then exit without needing to pay at a till, Press Association have reported Aldi has confirmed the site in London but declined to give specific details regarding its location.
Shoppers will scan a smartphone app to enter the store and can then pick up their shopping and walk out as technology in the stores will be able to track the items that have been picked up. Shoppers will be charged automatically using their chosen payment method and will then be emailed a receipt.
Amazon has adopted similar technology
This follows Amazon's introduction of checkout-free stores in London, using similar technology to Aldi. Aldi said that colleagues are currently testing the site and that further trials will be carried out by members of the public.
Giles Hurley, chief executive officer for 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."
The first store will employ approximately the same number of colleagues as a typical Aldi Local, the retailer's smaller format shop, the group said.