Supermarket trials system that will banish the checkout
Last week it was paint and paint brushes, next week who knows what specials Aldi will offer. But it has a strong following and manages to keep its name in the news. Now, there's a report that an Aldi store in London is trialling technology that will allow customers to skip the tedium of piling the shopping on the conveyor then piling it back in the trolley or shopping bags.
How? A smartphone app that will replace the checkout.
Here's how Aldi says the system will work:
- Scan a smartphone app to enter the store.
- Collect groceries.
- Leave the store and wait for the email receipt.
- Customers will be charged automatically using their chosen payment method.
The trial currently involves only Aldi employees, but management says it plans to involve members of the public.
Aldi has trialled self-serve checkouts in some stores across NSW since June, but the smartphone technology is so far restricted to UK trials. The New Daily says it contacted Aldi for comment, but hasn't received a response.
Do you understand how this technology would work? Would you trust it?