ALDI is finally trialling self service checkouts to help speed up paying for your shopping.
The discounter has only installed the machines in one store in Tamworth, but says that if it’s successful then it could be rolled out to more branches.
Customers will able to pay for goods at the new tills with cash, cards, and Apple and Android Pay.
Aldi is famous among customers for how quickly the cashiers scan shopping, sometimes up to 40 per cent faster, leading some to speculate that the supermarket offers workers incentives to speed up.
Now, it says that paying for your shopping could be made even faster by scanning the goods yourself.
The supermarket is far behind the times when it comes to staff-less check outs – Lidl has already installed the machines in 150 of its 740 stores.
Self-service machines were first introduced in stores in the 1990s and have since been adopted by Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s.
Shoppers at the Glascot store have been able to scan their own shopping since Monday, although the supermarket doesn’t yet know when the trial will end.
Richard Thornton, Aldi’s communications director, said: “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.”
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Self-checkouts at Sainsbury’s have been around for so long, they’ve even evolved to feature CCTV cameras and mirrors to catch out thieves.
The supermarket took a tough line on customers serving themselves in response to the fact that Brits steal a staggering £3.2billion a year on the checkouts.
One mum even stole £2,700 worth of groceries by sticking fake barcodes on items before scanning them through herself.
But some customers have blasted the “creepy” new measures for potentially “revealing PIN numbers”.
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