Aldi Is Trialling New Self-Service Checkouts At Stores In The UK
We all love Aldi, for so many reasons. It's selection of second-to-none alcohol has to be at the top of the list, followed closely by its growing commitment to the environment and not forgetting the charitable donations on Christmas Eve. And don't even get us started on to the social media and marketing brilliance.
In fact, the only thing that can be a bit of a pain in the arse is attempting to nip in and out. Small buys in general can be an absolute living nightmare.
However, the news of Aldi trialling self-service checkouts might be a time-saving God send regardless. We might have the best of both worlds very soon: a quick five minute shop for the three items you forgot, with the option for an intense race between yourself and the cashier during the weekly shop*.
The self-service machines are only located in one store in Glascote, Tamworth, Staffordshire, but Aldi says that if the tills prove to be effective, they could be rolled out into more of its branches.
Other supermarket giants, including the likes of Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury's and Morrisons already use self-serve checkouts. And Lidl has them in 150 and its 740 stores.
It's unclear when Aldi's trial will end in the Tamworth store, but the machines are up and running for now.
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Richard Thornton, Aldi's communications director, said: "We are focused on giving our customers a quick and simple experience in our stores."
He added: "We think these new checkouts will help further improve that experience and we are looking forward to seeing how customers respond to this extra option at our Glascote store."
Self-serve checkout tills are not the only new trial happening at Aldi as the company opened the doors to a new, smaller 'local' store in Balham, south London, aimed at urban consumers last month.
The store is part of a trial which could be rolled out to four other locations in the capital, including Kingston, Kilburn and Tooting.
Aldi Local is similar to a Tesco Express or Sainsbury's Local as they all stock a smaller supply of supermarket goods for shoppers, although the special buy aisle has gone.
*Anyone who doesn't feel the thrill of that race is either lying, or they need to branch out a tad - spend a little, live a lot and all that shit...
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