Aldi is implementing a new automated traffic light system at entrances, to control the number of customers going in and out of stores.
The nationwide roll out of the new technology starts from this week following a successful trial.
Traffic lights will signal when customers can enter stores based on individual store customer limits that are in line with two-metre social distancing rules.
NHS and blue light worker priority access remains in place. These workers are encouraged to go to the front of the queue and other customers will be asked to continue to respect this.
The traffic light system will run alongside the current measures already in place at all Aldi stores to ensure social distancing.
This includes protective screens at checkouts, distancing markers on shop floors, sanitisation stations for customers as well as signage to offer clear guidance on how to shop safely. Stores are also encouraging one customer per trolley where possible.
Richard Thornton, Communications Director at Aldi said: “The protection and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority and this new system is an accurate and effective way to allow us to control customer numbers in stores.
“The system’s trial was well received by our customers and we will be gradually rolling this new social distancing measure out nationwide from this week.”
Notes to editors:
Aldi is Britain’s fifth largest supermarket with more than 875 stores and 33,000 employees.
The company has more than doubled its market share since 2010. In the 12 weeks to 22nd March, Aldi grew sales by 11.0% and it achieved an 8.2% share of the UK grocery market (Kantar Worldpanel data). By 2025, Aldi will operate over 1,200 stores.
Aldi is attracting hundreds of thousands of new customers every year with its range of exclusive brands, passing low operating costs on to customers in the form of low prices.
The supermarket believes in making every day amazing and that’s why every single day Aldi delivers on the best possible value for millions of families throughout the UK and Ireland across everything from award-winning fresh produce to world class gin.
Aldi won’t be beaten on price; consistently racks up award after award for quality; treats its suppliers with fairness and respect and recognises the responsibility of supporting valued institutions such as Team GB to demonstrate the importance of health and wellness. That’s Aldi. That’s everyday amazing. The reason they do this? Because Aldi believes that everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, affordable food…it’s a right, not a privilege.
The company’s current achievements and initiatives include:
Full details of Aldi’s awards and achievements are detailed at www.aldi.co.uk/awards
Aldi CEO Giles Hurley has written to customers today.
The full letter is available below and outlines a number of comprehensive safety measures that are currently in place in all Aldi stores.