ALDI Nord intends to open its first contactless store in Utrecht, the Netherlands, at the beginning of 2022, where shopping is only possible by checking in and out using a QR code. With sensors on the shelves and camera technology used in the store, all shopping movements are to be recorded and assigned to the correct buyer. Test customers can request purchase histories and necessary reimbursements in an Aldi app.
For the project, ALDI Nord is cooperating with the Israeli technology company Trigo, which has already worked with Rewe on a system for contactless payment. A 3D model of the supermarket in Cologne’s Zeppelinstrasse was created in order to digitally depict the environment and the movements that take place in it. The test began among employees at the beginning of May. The new shopping model should then be available to customers in late summer. REWE Markt GmbH announced heise online that the internal tests will probably run for the whole of October.
ALDI Süd has also been testing its first till-free branch in London since September, but did not provide any further information about the exact location.
The forerunner is the company Amazon, which offers retailers its “Just Walk Out” technology for cash-free supermarkets, which also uses intelligent cameras, sensor data and deep learning.