By Tom Phillips
Supermarket chain Aldi is trialling its first checkout-free store in London using technology that will enable customers to gain access to the store by scanning a smartphone app, select the products they want to purchase and then leave without needing to pay at a till.
Shortly after leaving the store, customers will be automatically charged for their purchases using their chosen payment method.
Staff at the London store are currently testing the checkout-free system with further trials due to be carried out with members of the public.
A Tesco store in the UK is also trialling a system that uses AI-powered technology and a system of cameras and sensors to enable checkout-free shopping, while Amazon Fresh opened its first cashierless store in London in March and has subsequently opened another five such stores in the UK.