Aldi customers threaten boycott as it trials first checkout-free supermarket

Aldi has announced it is set to trial its first checkout-free store that will allow customers to walk in and out without having to pay at a till.

However, not everyone is happy with the news – with some shoppers threatening to boycott the brand over the news.

In the new store, customers will need just two things to shop – a smartphone and an app.

Shoppers will have to register via the Aldi app and then technology tracks the items that are picked up.

It will then charge you with the automatic payment method provided.

The supermarket has refused to reveal exactly where the store will be. The only information released is that the store will be in London.

Giles Hurley, chief executive officer for Aldi UK and Ireland said to The Independent: "We are always looking to redefine what it means to be a discount retailer, and the technology involved in this trial will give us a wealth of learnings.

"We are really excited to be testing this concept that will enable customers to pick from our range of quality products, all available at unbeatable prices, then leave the store without having to pay at a till."

Not all Aldi shoppers are on-board with the trial though, with many worried about job losses for supermarket staff.

One person wrote online: "This may seem innocent but will cause job losses. All part of the Great Reset coming to us slowly."

While another added: "Human interaction is important. Some people, especially the old look forward to shopping because thats the only place they get a semblance of human interaction."

Some even threatened a boycott, as one shopper wrote: "If I can't pay a cashier cash I won't use any shop store or local business."

Another added: "I refuse to use self service, it is denying someone a job."

Others were confused about how the system would work too, as one person wrote: "What happens if you choose and bag something and then change your mind and put the item back on the shelf?"

Despite this, some were in favour of the new system, as one customer admitted: "I hate shopping and the whole checkout experience so the quicker this is rolled out the better."

Another said they currently "steer clear" of Aldi as they have their 'shopping catapulted' at them by checkout staff.

Daily Star has contacted Aldi for comment.

The moves comes after Amazon launched the first checkout-free shop in England back in March.

The Amazon Fresh store opened its doors to customers in Ealing, West London, where cameras "scan your every move" as you select items such as prepared meals, groceries, and Amazon devices.

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