ALDI told Inside FMCG that the system at the Glascote store includes both card-only and cash tills and have been installed with “a view to evaluate the technology before further roll-out decisions are made.”
Its rival supermarket Lidl is already using 150 self-serve checkouts at 740 stores in the UK along with While Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s.
“As well as providing outstanding quality products at unbeatable prices, we are focused on giving our customers a quick and simple experience in our stores. 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,” ALDI UK communications director Richard Thornton said.
The latest innovation at ALDI follows its launch of smaller inner-city store format in London. The supermarket giant said it was not an easy move to enter the convenience store business, considering 6500 square foot store is still twice the size usually of convenience stores. The smaller store doesn’t have a Special Buy section with 300 fewer goods compared to normal stores.