Food Aldi, Rewe & Co: Digitally unlock shopping carts via the app

16:29  03 march  2021
16:29  03 march  2021 Source:   maennersache.de

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Large retailers such as Aldi, Lidl or Rewe are always looking for new ways to make the shopping experience more pleasant for their customers. This also includes the easier handling of shopping carts, which in future can probably be unlocked without a chip or coin.

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At Rewe, Aldi and Co. nothing works without a shopping cart. If you have a shopping cart, you buy more because there is space. If you don't have a car, you buy less accordingly. Of course, retailers don't want that and will be relying on digital options in the future to maximize the shopping cart experience.

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Unlock shopping trolleys via the

app The Wanzl company, founded by Rudolf Wanzl in 1948, is Germany's number one shopping trolley manufacturer and has its product in almost every supermarket in Germany.

Wanzl has been working on a smart trolley that can be unlocked via smartphone or smartwatch for years. You can save yourself the search for a chip or a one-euro coin.

You need an app with the help of which the deposit lock is unlocked via NFC or Bluetooth signal, reports Chip.de . The technology is already ready for the market, assures Wanzl, and assumes that customers are very willing to use the new technology.

The future of shopping

The goal is to make shopping easier and more pleasant. This does not mean that from next year there will only be cars that can be unlocked digitally. Older and less digitally savvy people in particular should still be able to use the classic coin method. And they will be able to do that too.

You want to run a test phase and first see how the smartphone unlocking is received by customers, according to a company spokesman. Wenzl does not expect widespread availability in the next few years, as the costs for technology and software are currently still deterring dealers.

But digitization cannot be stopped and is spreading into more and more areas of our lives. So it seems only a question of time before there are digital shopping carts at Aldi, Lidl and Rewe that you can unlock not (only) with a coin, but also with an app.

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