It wasn’t long ago that ALDI required cash or debit at its U.S. stores, leaving competitors with a huge advantage of taking credit. When the company announced they would start accepting credit cards in the spring of 2016, shoppers rejoiced, but ALDI knew it wasn’t enough. Now shoppers at all of ALDI’s nearly 1,700 stores nationwide can speed through the checkout line without ever having to open their wallets, thanks to implementation of contactless payments.
Whether you use Apple Pay, Android Pay, or any other NFC payment service like Google Wallet, all you’ll need to do at checkout is wave your device over the payment terminal. Boom! Done! On you go.
“We’re continually innovating to provide our customers a faster, more efficient shopping experience that saves them time and money,” said Jason Hart, CEO of ALDI. “Shoppers love ALDI because we build and run stores they can shop quickly. Contactless payment makes shopping at ALDI that much faster and more convenient.”
Saving time with technology is clearly an important focus for the company as it sets out to face competition from the big grocery players but also it’s hometown rival and U.S. newcomer Lidl. In August, ALDI announced that they are working with Instacart in select cities across the country to get purchases delivered to the customer’s door in as little as an hour.