Aldi’s Greenwich store drops phone app requirement to enter

Aldi in Greenwich have relaxed their “Shop and Go” concept branch in Greenwich which required app use.

Shoppers can now use their credit or debit card to tap in when entering the shop, collect items and leave without using a till.

The store opened in a former Poundstretcher near Greenwich station. Previous visits had been a bit of hassle getting the app to work or scan. Half the time I’d leave as heading to the station and little time to mess about.

Former Poundstretcher – and before that co-op and Somerfield

Anecdotal I know and I’m hardly in there every day, but on those visits it wasn’t uncommon to see others walk in and then leave without entering the shop.

Allowing any card to now be tapped will make it an easier experience for many.


The store on Greenwich High Road was the first in London from Aldi and followed other supermarkets trialling shops which required scanning to enter then leaving without the use of tills.

Amazon opened physical stores using the concept and Tesco, among others, have followed with the “GetGo” concept.


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    5 thoughts on “Aldi’s Greenwich store drops phone app requirement to enter

    • I think Aldi wasn’t getting the foot fall with people having to use the dedicated app. Allowing tap to enter with a card or device will bring in more potential shoppers.

    • This is great news. The app was very slow due to poor reception where the shop is located. I stood for 15mins one time trying to get the QR code to open. Will certainly shop more here with this change

    • Doesn’t help that it is not a free car park – no-one pays to park when doing their shopping

    • Never had a problem with the app myself since the shop launched. Like most apps and technology the functionality has improved over time. The Amazon fresh store offers tap in with a card now and I guess just keeping up. This place is my go to I like the convenience of not having to queue. Can be in and out in less than a minute if you know what you want.


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