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Aldi has opened its first store without a checkout, allowing shoppers to pick up products and leave without queuing to pay.

The discount new supermarket site in Greenwich, southeast London, will also allow customers to buy alcohol, using facial age estimation technology to check whether they appear to be over 25 years old.

The movement follows in the footsteps of Amazon and Tesco rivals, who have opened stores without cash.

Staff will use a series of high-tech cameras to follow customers as they shop, then check them out as they leave.

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Aldi had been testing the store with employees for the past few months before launching the service on Tuesday.

The goal is to end long lines in stores and could lead to the opening of more sites.

Customers must sign up for Aldi’s Shop&Go app, which will allow them to enter the store, pick up their items and then leave.

Aldi said customers who want to buy alcohol will be able to use facial age estimation technology to authorize their purchase.

The technology, provided by Yoti, allows customers to confirm their identity through the app. Anyone who opts out will be age verified at the store.

Aldi UK & Ireland CEO Giles Hurley said: “Today is the culmination of months of work, not least from the team here in Greenwich, and I’m looking forward to seeing how customers react to our trial.

“This store uses the latest in retail technology.”

Store manager Lewis Esparon said: “We’ve been working towards this day for a number of months, so it will be great to see how our customers react to the new technology.”

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