Ever wondered how ALDI keeps prices so low? Find out my favorite reasons and take a quick look around an ALDI store so you’ll know before you go what to expect!
~by Regan Jones, RD
Disclosure: While I’m being compensated as an Ambassador for ALDI to share this post, I love ALDI, sponsorship or not. As always, thanks for letting me share info with you on behalf of brands that support Healthy Aperture
Thanks to everyone who entered our ALDI gift card giveaway. It’s time to announce the winner:
Congrats to Healthy Aperture Facebook fan, Amanda Bergman Olson!
If you didn’t win the gift card, there’s still plenty of time to drop into your local ALDI and put my How To Entertain On A Budget at ALDI shopping strategy to the test for all your holiday party needs.
Rest assured, the good buys I recommended on imported specialty items, gourmet cheeses and award-winning wines, aren’t the only reasons to shop at ALDI. In fact, they’re probably not even the most important. The week-to-week grocery shopping is what needs a budget overhaul for most of us.
I realize hearing me go on about my love for low prices at ALDI won’t convince you to give it a try if you’re skeptical, thinking “How does ALDI keep prices so low?” To put your mind at ease, I thought I’d share a little insight into some of the ways ALDI keeps prices so low:
- Smaller stores — The average ALDI store is 10,000 square feet compared to other supermarkets, which may be upwards of 50,000 square feet or more. If you own a home or brick-and-mortar business yourself, you know what a huge difference that amount of space can mean in heating and cooling costs alone.
- Streamlined shelf-space stocking — ALDI reduces the amount of labor costs required to stock store shelves by simply eliminating the “shelf stocking” component of it. Instead, their stores utilize an innovative in-the-box display of the packaging their goods ship in. For example, rather than taking cereal boxes out one-by-one and lining them up on a store shelf, an ALDI store employee simply takes the top off the larger package the cereal boxes were shipped in and stacks up those large boxes. So much more efficient!
- Fewer in-store staff — With all of this efficiency I’ve just mentioned, it’s obvious ALDI needs fewer people in their smaller stores to keep things running smoothly. A smaller staff keeps staffing costs down, a big cost saving for any business. (Of note, though, ALDI wages for their employees are above industry standards and they offer benefits to eligible part-time employees. Yay for big companies doing right by their employees!)
- Packages with “always-scan” UPC codes — What do I mean by “always-scan”? This is my terminology for how many ALDI foods are labeled. Rather than 1 UPC code (the code that the checkout scanners use for pricing), there are several UPC codes on the package (on most ALDI products), which means that no matter how the checkout clerk scans it, it’s gonna scan. This speeds up checkout times and makes the smaller in-store staff more efficient.
And with that, I’ll leave you with this — a quick look around ALDI so that you’ll be in the know, before you go!
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