Supermarket chain Aldi opens first store without cashiers

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Aldi’s first cashier-less supermarket in south-east London opened on Tuesday.

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Global supermarket chain Aldi opened its first cashier-less grocery store Tuesday.

The store, located in Greenwich, southeast London, is using Aldi’s new Shop & Go app to bypass the need for cashiers and eliminate long queues. Motion cameras and weight sensors track what is picked up by customers, who are then billed through the app after they leave.

Face age estimation technology is used to scan shoppers buying alcohol, New Food magazine reported, although people who choose not to use the system can show ID in-store.

The concept store, which opened at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, “is the culmination of months of work,” Giles Hurley, CEO of Aldi UK and Ireland, said in a statement.

In Britain, Tesco and Sainsbury’s are among the supermarket chains that have launched cashierless locations. In the United States, Amazon, which has already automated convenience stores Amazon Go and Amazon Fresh Supermarkets, is expected to bring its “Just Walk Out” cashierless technology to Whole Foods stores in Washington, D.C., and Sherman Oaks, Calif., later this year.

The German discount chain has more than 10,000 stores in 20 countries, including more than 2,000 in the United States.

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