Aldi Launches Traffic Light System At Store Entrances To Control Number Of Customers
Aldi has launched a new automated traffic light system at store entrances, to control the number of customers going in and out.
The nationwide roll out of the new technology starts from this week following a successful trial.
The traffic lights will signal when customers can enter stores based on individual store customer limits that are in line with two-metre social distancing rules.
NHS and blue light worker priority access remains in place for the budget supermarket and these workers are encouraged to go to the front of the queue and other customers will be asked to continue to respect this.
The traffic light system will run alongside the current measures already in place at all Aldi stores to ensure social distancing.
This includes protective screens at checkouts, distancing markers on shop floors, sanitisation stations for customers as well as signage to offer clear guidance on how to shop safely. Stores are also encouraging one customer per trolley where possible.
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Richard Thornton, Communications Director at Aldi said: "The protection and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority and this new system is an accurate and effective way to allow us to control customer numbers in stores.
"The system's trial was well received by our customers and we will be gradually rolling this new social distancing measure out nationwide from this week."
As well as trialling and rolling out this traffic light system, Aldi is also testing an on-demand grocery home delivery for the first time in partnership with Deliveroo.
From last Monday (18 May), the supermarket started offering the service from its Daleside Road store in Nottingham, before extending the trial to a further seven stores across the East Midlands in June.
Customers are able to order from a range of more than 150 Aldi products through the Deliveroo app. These orders will then be packed in-store by Aldi staff, before being delivered via Deliveroo's network of riders.
To start off with, the rapid delivery service will only be available for essential items, such as bread, milk and fresh produce, which will be delivered to customers' doorsteps in as little as 30 minutes. It is hoped the service will be particularly useful for vulnerable people self-isolating due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
If successful, the service could roll out to further Aldi stores by the end of the year.
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