An Aldi shopper has found a way to keep up with the supermarket’s notoriously fast cashiers every time they scan groceries at lightning speed.
Employees working at the checkout station are widely known for scanning products at top speed – as customers frantically load the items into shopping bags or trolley.
But to make packing a breeze, an Australian woman shared a video showing her husband flicking one item after another into the trolley as soon as they are scanned.
‘This is how you do it, ladies,’ the wife wrote in the Facebook group, along with a video showing her husband keeping up with the fast pace.
The video shows the man flicking the small items such as salad dressing, a whole chicken, frozen pizza, ham and baby wipes into the waiting trolley before he quickly places the heavy potato bag in with the rest of the groceries.
The simple method is to ensure the paying customer isn’t slowing down the queue and delaying everyone else who are waiting in line.
An Aldi shopper has found a way to keep up with the cashier every time they scan groceries at lightning speed. The Australian woman shared a video showing her husband flicking one item after another into the trolley as soon as they are scanned
The amusing video was met with dozens of positive feedback, with many saying they are keen to try out the trolley technique the next time they shop.
‘We’ve been packing it wrong all this time,’ one shopper joked.
Another another woman added: ‘My hubby does this while I stand poised with card at the ready. No holdups from us boomers.’
The video comes just months after a disgruntled shopper was left ‘irritated’ after an Aldi cashier told her to use a trolley the next time she visits the store to ‘make it faster’ for other customers.
The woman, from Melbourne, claimed she was loading up her shopping bag with 10 items at the checkout when she was told about the little-known trolley rule.
‘Feeling really, really annoyed. Just went into Aldi’s to grab a few items for dinner – a total of 10 items,’ she wrote in a Facebook group in July.
‘When the cashier starts scanning them through and I place them into a bag, he said to me “next time you come into the store bring a trolley to load your groceries into”. ‘I said “ok”.’
The husband can be seen flicking one item after another into the trolley. He quickly places the heavy potato bag in with the groceries before proceeding with flicking the other small items
But clearly confused by his remark, she then questioned him about the trolley.
‘As I was preparing to pay, I said “sorry, why do I need to bring a trolley?”, he said “to load your groceries into, to make it faster for the other customers”. I was so irritated by this. I have 10 items mate,’ she claimed.
In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, an Aldi spokeswoman said at the time: ‘While using a trolley to shop at our stores isn’t a policy, we recommend customers use one when purchasing multiple products as it saves time at the register.
‘We currently have no plans to trial stores with self-service checkouts. Feedback has told us that our shoppers prefer face-to-face interactions at registers, and that they are an important part of their in-store experience.
‘Our current store format enables us to focus on creating the best possible in-store experience, while continuing to deliver high-quality products at permanently low prices.’
Secrets of an Aldi employee: Cashier reveals WHY they scan groceries so fast
Aldi employee Brooke Hoskin (pictured) revealed that checkout staff scan groceries at breakneck speed because they are being timed by store managers
Aldi employee Brooke Hoskin revealed that checkout staff scan groceries at breakneck speed because they are being timed by store managers who constantly monitor their productivity.
Earlier this year, Ms Hoskin, from Sydney, shared a TikTok video in which she explained that workers are timed on how quickly they scan items and move on to the next shopper.
‘It’s not a major part of performance reviews, however if you’re consistently slow, managers might not be a big fan of that,’ Ms Hoskin said in the video.
The biggest reason for rapid scanning is to keep product prices and staff numbers as low as possible.
Employing less people means Aldi can maintain its famously cheap prices for customers.
It also allows the store to pay existing workers significantly higher wages than the accepted retail standard, which means employees are content and more likely to stay with the company.