How do Aldi grocery stores help you save money when you can’t use coupons?
This past week I was personally invited to attend a behind the scenes tour of an Aldi grocery store in Beechmont, Ohio which is located near Cincinnati. I was really excited to be invited, but was also interested to understand how they keep some of their prices so low. I mean, how can one offer avocados THAT cheap.
We arrived at the location and the first question was, “What’s up with the quarters?” At Aldi you have to have a quarter to release a cart to use during your shopping. (Ask me how many times I’ve forgotten mine.) Once you finish your shopping, you get your quarter back when you return your cart. This saves money. Why? Because Aldi grocery stores do not have to employ someone to collect the carts in the parking lot. They pass that savings onto you and me and our love for avocados.
The word that came up most was efficiency. I love this word. It’s a sibling of Cleverly Simple. Did you know that? Anything a store does for efficiency makes me grin because I like when things work well and all in the name of savings. Here’s a few examples of the efficiency you’ll see at Aldi Grocery Stores.
**There are a number of bar codes on every product so that when the cashier scans the item, they’re more likely to be able to do it in one swoop! Look at a bag of chips the next time you’re at Aldi. It’s covered in bar codes.
**The items in the store remain in boxes. The boxes are specifically designed for Aldi so that when the employee stacks the item, they can just simply remove the top and it’s ready for sale. The boxes are also designed with a specific color to blend with the product. Instead of having an employee stack the items nice and neat on the shelves, they just remove the box top. Fast. Efficient.
**The freezer rolls to the front. The employee loads the items from the back, we buy from the front. In this way there is a rolling use of goods and no rotation is needed. It keeps things fresh.
Side note: Those sundae nut cones look good!
**You have to bring your own bags or purchase bags for a very small fee when you shop at Aldi. As they put it, no bags are free. You pay for them in some way when you’re shopping at every grocery store. At Aldi you have the control to decide if you would like to or not. Bringing your own bags means more savings for you and me. Plus, I like the control of bagging my own groceries. No bread on the bottom of the bag for this girl!
**The produce signs are even efficient. An employee suggested that instead of constantly changing out the signs with the fluctuation of produce prices, that they design a sign where the price can change but the sign stays in place. Aldi uses suggestions like this from their employees so that they can be more…. wait for it…. efficient!
All in all, I was very impressed with my Aldi tour and there was too much efficiency to share in one post. I was most impressed by how they value their employees. They give benefits at 20 hours and train each employee in every task within the store. I like to support a company that supports their employees.
I have been shopping at Aldi for awhile, but to be honest have been focused primarily on the produce. While walking the aisles I discovered quite a few items I had not tried, including diapers. How did I miss that Aldi had diapers? Have you had an experience with them? I’m going to try them out soon.
What else did I walk away with? Aldi was a sponsor of the Savvy Blogging Summit I attended and I grabbed yogurt covered raisins while there. Addicted! They also had fruit leather. Amazing! Aldi gave me a gift certificate as a thanks for taking the tour with them. I plan to use it this week for my shopping trip with the Aldi grocery stores deals and will share with you what I bought!
What’s your favorite Aldi grocery stores product to purchase?