Aldi's £1.3bn IT upgrade supports food delivery service

Aldi's ongoing €1.5 billion (£1.3 billion) IT overhaul includes a standardised e-commerce system that could be used to bring a full food delivery offer to the UK, although the Germany-headquartered discounter is not making any firm commitments.

New Aldi back-end IT systems are expected to be fully deployed in Germany within the first half of this year - including inventory management, logistics and “automatic dispatching”.

Front-end systems, including a “globally standardised template for e-commerce” is expected to follow soon after, according to a report on German food industry news site Lebensmittel Zeitung.

It has been suggested by Lebensmittel Zeitung that this could be used to offer a full food delivery service in the UK and elsewhere.

Without confirming one, Aldi told the news site the aim is “suitable and market-driven solutions for all countries in order to be able to flexibly serve the omnichannel requirements from our markets”.

In the UK, Aldi legacy systems are currently used to offer a Click & Collect service at 200 stores, and a select number of items can be delivered to customers via Deliveroo from around 130 stores.

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