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Aldi Süd is testing fruit and vegetable recognition technology at its self-checkout systems to help customers register non-scannable items without barcodes. The system uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to identify products through a camera attached to the side of the touchscreen, displaying a selection list or even the exact item in three seconds per item. The solution comes from Diebold Nixdorf, and Aldi Süd’s POS software provider, Gebit, integrated it into the existing systems. The self-learning algorithm requires no additional hardware installation and connects to the provider’s AI platform in the cloud, enabling continuous improvement of the model.
A camera attached to the side of the touchscreen uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to identify types of fruit or vegetables presented. If several items are eligible, the screen displays a short list for selection. Professor Rüschen confirms in his posting that the system worked well for all chosen products. He also described the process as better and faster than with other self-scanning checkouts.
Aldi is a global discount supermarket chain with two main branches: Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd, both owned by the Albrecht family. Here’s a quick rundown in under 300 words:
Origins and reach:
- Founded in Germany in 1961, Aldi revolutionized grocery shopping with its no-frills approach and focus on low prices.
- Today, it operates over 12,000 stores in 19 countries, including a strong presence in the US with over 2,000 stores across 36 states.
- Get ready for a unique experience! Aldi stores are smaller and have a limited selection of private-label products, often alongside a few name brands.
- Expect to bag your own groceries (bring reusable bags or buy them there) and pay a quarter deposit for shopping carts (returned upon return).
- But the payoff is significant savings! Aldi is known for offering up to 50% lower prices compared to traditional grocery stores.
What to expect:
- Aldi’s own brands have gained a loyal following for their quality and affordability. From award-winning cheeses and wines to organic produce and innovative snacks, there’s something for everyone.
Overall, Aldi is a great option for budget-conscious shoppers who value quality and don’t mind a streamlined shopping experience. Give it a try and see why it has become a cult favorite for many!