More and more large retailers are experimenting with cashless stores. Aldi is also going to test a concept in the UK where customers can leave the supermarket without passing through the cash register. When entering the store, customers need to scan an app. Then they can do their shopping as they are used to. After leaving the store, they receive their checkout ticket by e-mail and the payment is done automatically via the payment method chosen by the customer.
At the moment, the staff of the retailer is testing the cashless store. Further tests will follow with real customers.
“We are always looking for a new standard of what it means to be a discounter, and the technology used in this trial will provide us with a wealth of information,” said Giles Hurley, head of Aldi in the UK and Ireland.
Aldi follows the trend of Amazon Fresh, which opened its sixth cashless store in Dalston, and Tesco, which has tried similar technology. The test doesn’t come as a real surprise. In the spring of this year, we’ve reported about a cashless Aldi after the retailer had applied for a trademark registration for a Shop&Go concept.