June 17, 2024

This is what it looks like at Aldi in the US

This is what it looks like at Aldi in the US

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German opponent Aldi succeeded not only in Germany, but also in the United States. There, the chain competes with stores such as Walmart. Aldi opened its first store in Iowa, USA, in 1976. There are now more than 2,000 stores in 36 states. This is what it looks like in American Aldi stores:

Sales have doubled over the past year. The company has gained more than one million new customers.

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Also in the US, customers get a shopping cart by putting a coin in the cart.

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Unusual concept: there are usually employees there who give out carts and take them back.

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In this way, Aldi saves on personnel costs and at the same time combats the shortage of skilled workers in the retail business.

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In American stores, too, fruits and vegetables come right after the entrance.

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Most products are shrink wrapped or plastic laminated.

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Many things are still in boxes or on pallets that were used for transportation.

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This also saves costs and working time, as employees do not have to unload and sort products on the shelves, as is customary in many supermarkets.

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The average size of stores is about 1,100 square metres, which is relatively small for the USA.

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Also in the US, Aldi mainly sells its own brands.

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According to the chain, about 90 percent of the products come from Aldi brands.

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Although there are well-known brands like Coca-Cola, an alternative to Aldi can always be found.

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There is also a meat department in the USA. Prices are much cheaper than other supermarkets.

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As in Germany, there is a freezing department with various products.

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And also a section where you can find household appliances, games and other miscellaneous items.

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Aldi also saves on the checkout staff: there are usually staff packing the purchases.

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As in Germany, customers have to do this on their own in the US Aldi.

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Aldi also appeals to customers in the United States who are budget-conscious.

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With the cost of groceries on the rise, Aldi can still attract a lot of customers.

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In 2020, Aldi was the fastest growing grocery store chain in the United States.

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By the end of the year, the company plans to open an additional 150 stores in the United States and another distribution center.

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This would make the chain the third largest supermarket chain in the United States, after Walmart and Kroger.

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This text has been translated from the English language and edited by Hendrickje Rudnick. You can find the original over here.