A leaked training video for Aldi reveals what Australian employees learn on the job -and offers some insider knowledge for shoppers and fans of the budget chain.
The video covers how the store is laid out, why its products are displayed a certain way, and the trick to finding the newest and best Special Buys.
The clip also reveals where to find the store’s best sellers and how you can score the best items.
A leaked training video for new Aldi employees reveals the answers to shoppers most burning questions (file image)
The store will stock its newer specials towards the back of the store and rotate older stock so its at the front of the store
1. The best Special Buys are at the back
Aldi’s specials, which are announced every Wednesday and Saturday, are famed for their popularity and diverse range of stock.
They are located in the centre of the store.
But there’s a trick to knowing which specials are the latest and which are slightly older.
‘New specials are displayed at the back. Our older specials are condensed and moved to the front of the store as the product sells,’ the narrator of the video said.
If you want to know which items are most popular with Aldi customers shop for products stored of D-pallets closer to the ground
2. High-turnover lines are closer to the floor
Part of the appeal of shopping at Aldi is there is a constant array of deals – but how to decide which products are best?
To make choosing easier, look for items stored on plastic pallets that are closest to the ground.
‘Here in aisle two, we merchandise most of our products on what we call D-pallets. We display out high-turnover lines on these,’ the narrator said.
3. All Aldi store layouts are the same
To ensure a seamless shopping experience, all Aldi stores – regardless of the size – are laid out the same.
For instance, aisle one will always be filled with what the store calls ‘ambient products’. These foods include cereals, biscuits and chips.
‘They are part of our core range, which means they are a permanent item,’ the narrator said.
With this knowledge, shoppers can streamline their weekly shop and head straight to where they need to go.
Aldi prefers to keep its shelves stocked using cardboard cartons rather than stacking each item as the store is always about being ‘efficient’
4. Canned and dry food is never stacked individually on shelves
Shoppers of the supermarket chain may have noticed dry food and food which comes in cans is never stacked directly on shelves and is instead stored in cardboard cartons.
There’s no mystery reason behind this, the video reveals, as it’s simply a way of ensuring greater efficiency.
‘It’s much more efficient for us to do it this way than stacking cans individually. Aldi is always about being efficient.’
Fresh produce hits the stores’ warehouses on a daily basis and bananas are its bestsellers
5. Fresh produce is delivered daily and bananas are its bestsellers
Aldi shoppers will be pleased to know the store takes pride in ensuring its produce is as fresh as possible.
‘In most stores, you’ll find the fresh produce area next to the chiller,’ the narrator said.
‘These products are delivered into our store daily with bananas being our biggest seller.’
6. Chilled foods are rotated daily
The last aisle of the store is where all chilled products are kept.
There are two chiller sections, one for short-life foods, such as meats and chicken, and one for longer-life products such as cheeses and butter.
‘The long-life chiller is a date-sensitive area as well so constant checking is required.’
7. Bread is also regularly checked for use-by dates
Bread can always be found in the last aisle of the store, and because it’s a fresh product, it needs to be monitored to make sure it hasn’t past its use-by date.
‘Like fresh produce, it is also very important to maintain presentation levels, and to be checking use-by dates.’
8. Why tills are such an important aspect of Aldi
While self-service checkouts are incredibly convenient for the shopper on the run, Aldi prefers to serve its customers directly.
This is because the store wants to make sure it leaves the best impression it can.
‘Tills are such an important aspect of our day-to-day operation. It’s where we leave our last impression with our customers.’