Aldi launches store entrance traffic light system

Aldi is launching an automated traffic light system to let people into its UK stores, limiting numbers and promoting social distancing.

Following a successful trial of the technology, the supermarket chain will roll the system out this week. Each store will have a specific number of customers it can allow in at any one time to enable two-metre social distancing.

The traffic light system will track customers going in or out of the store and inform queuing customers when they can safely enter.

NHS workers will still get priority, and customers will be asked to allow them to the front of the queue when necessary.

“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,” stated communications director Richard Thornton.

“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.”

This measure follows Asda announcing plans to rollout a virtual queuing system allowing customers to remain in their cars while waiting to enter the store.

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