Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK discount and variety discount update w/c 25th May

Date : 27 May 2020

Lucy Ingram

Retail Analyst

In this article we round up the latest initiatives seen in the discount and variety discount channel, to address the challenges created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Aldi launches traffic light system to control customer flow

Aldi is implementing a new automated traffic light system at entrances to stores, to control the flow of customers. The retailer will be rolling out the system nationwide, following on from a successful trial. 

Traffic lights will signal when customers can enter stores based on individual store customer limits that are in line with two-metre social distancing rules. NHS and blue light worker priority access remains in place. 

Poundland continues to reopen stores

Poundland has started to re-open some of its stores. The retailer announced in April that it would be closing 100 stores as a response to the trading environment. In its first phase of opening, starting on Monday 18th May, it opened 51 stores. It plans to open a further 26 w/c 25th May.

Aldi trials partnership with Deliveroo

Aldi is trialling partnering with Deliveroo in one of its stores in Nottingham. If the trial proves successful the retailer is looking to roll it out to the entire estate.

Aldi partners with Mental Health UK

Aldi has entered into a two year partnership with Mental Health UK to provide extra support for its staff. As part of this it will be proving a range of practical tools and guides for its team, giving advice on caring for mental health. The retailer has said that caring for mental health is particularly important during this challenging time. It will be promoting its partnership and mental health awareness during mental health awareness week (18th-24th May) on its social media channels.

Source: Aldi Twitter


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