In an unprecedented move, Aldi has introduced a traffic light system at the entrance to its stores. After a well-received and successful trial period, the chain will carry out a nationwide roll out of the technology which should be working in all Aldi stores by mid-summer.
Traffic lights situated above the entrance will indicate when customers can enter the store, based on how many customers are already in the store. The limit total will be different for each store, but is worked out using safe two metre distancing measures.
If the light is red, you will have to wait until someone else leaves the store and the light goes green to enter.
Of course, NHS and blue light worker privileges will be kept at the forefront, with customers being asked to respect the guidelines already in place when it comes to letting key workers and the vulnerable go ahead in the queue.
The traffic light system is an addition to the measures already in place at Aldi stores, such as protective screens at checkouts, distancing markers on shop floors and sanitisation stations for customers.
Communications director at Aldi, Richard Thornton, 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.”
Here's hoping it will work well and that other larger retailers will follow suit. Read more