German supermarket chain Aldi is conducting a test in London with a supermarket without cash registers, similar to Amazon Go. Customers just need an app for their purchases, and they scan it when they enter.
In the store, technology records from taking the goods. After leaving the store, payment is made via the app.
“We are redefining what it means to be an opponent, and the technology used in this test will provide us with a wealth of ideas,” said Giles Hurley, CEO of Aldi UK and UK, Ireland.
With over 920 stores, Aldi is Britain’s fifth largest supermarket chain. Aldi does not yet want to decide on which branches the test will take place. First, employees will try out the technology. Aldi’s British rival Tesco also has staff testing whether it is possible to shop without checking out.
In the Netherlands, Albert Heijn has already conducted a pilot project in 2019 with an extension Shop free of checkout Exit, following the same example from Amazon GoWith cameras that record what customers take and sensors that monitor the weight of shelves. “This model still needs improvement,” said Marit van Egmond, chief executive of Albert Heijn, in March of this year. the time.
She also mentioned that Albert Heijn was the first to launch the bar code in the Netherlands. Aldi was the last to do so in Belgium, after other chains.
In Belgium, you can already scan and pay for products with a smartphone in different chains, but the approach with cameras and sensors, for example, was Colruyt set is very expensive have found.
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