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Aldi opens first checkout-free supermarket

Aldi opens first checkout-free supermarket

Long queues at the supermarket till could soon become a thing of the past.

Aldi has this week opened its first checkout-free supermarket in Greenwich, south-east London, meaning all you'll need is a smartphone and a dedicated Aldi Shop & Go app to beat the queues.

From here, in-store camera tech comes into play, tracking what items have been picked up by the shopper.

Meanwhile, facial recognition technology scans shoppers to estimate their age and allow them to purchase alcohol.

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The customer can then walk straight out of the supermarket with the amount due billed to the app.

The move follows other checkout-free supermarkets by Amazon and Tesco.

Giles Hurley, Aldi's UK and Ireland chief executive noted that the trial has the potential to "redefine" what it means to be a discount retailer.

"We are really excited to be testing this concept that will enable customers to pick from our range of quality products."

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Aldi UK and Ireland chief executive Giles Hurley said: β€œToday is the culmination of months of work, not least from the team here in Greenwich, and I’m looking forward to seeing how customers react to our trial."

Store manager Lewis Esparon added: β€œWe have been working towards this day for several months now so it will be great to see how our customers react to the new technology.”

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