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ALDI
Type Discount Supermarket Chain
Founded 1913/1946
Headquarters Aldi Essen (Aldi Nord)Germany
Mülheim an der Ruhr (Aldi Süd)Germany
Key people Theo Albrecht, Aldi Nord
Karl Albrecht, Aldi Süd
Industry Retail (Grocery)
Products Mainly own branded, few larger brands
Revenue US$ 45 billion (2006)[1]
Slogan Flag of the United States "Shop ALDI Smart!"
Flag of the United Kingdom "Spend a little, Live a lot"
Website Aldi International

ALDI , short for "ALbrecht DIscount", is a discount supermarket chain based in Germany and one of the largest retail chains worldwide. The chain is made up of two separate groups, ALDI Nord ("North" - operating as ALDI MARKT) and ALDI Süd ("South" - operating as ALDI SÜD), which operate independently from each other in specific market boundaries. The individual groups were originally owned and managed by brothers Karl Albrecht and Theo Albrecht; both have since retired. However, they are still Germany's richest men[2], earning an estimated 1.5 billion per year.[3] Aldi's German operations currently consist of Aldi Nord's 35 individual regional companies with about 2,500 stores in Northern and Eastern Germany, and Aldi Süd's 31 regional companies with 1,600 stores in Western and Southern Germany. Internationally, Aldi Nord operates in Denmark, France, the Benelux countries, the Iberian peninsula and Poland, while Aldi Süd operates in countries including Ireland, the United Kingdom, Austria and Slovenia (operating as Hofer), the United States and Australia. According to a survey conducted in 2002 by the German market research institute Forsa, 95% of blue-collar workers, 88% of white-collar workers, 84% of public servants and 80% of self-employed Germans shop at Aldi.[3] Aldi's main competitor, nationally and internationally, is Lidl. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Packaged food aisles in a Fred Meyer store in Portland, Oregon A supermarket is a departmentalized self-service store offering a wide variety of food and household merchandise. ... Essen is a city in the center of the Ruhr Area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ... Mülheim an der Ruhr is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. ... Theodor Paul Albrecht, generally known as Theo Albrecht (born March 28, 1922), is a German entrepreneur, who in 2004 was ranked by Forbes magazine as the 22nd richest person in the world, with a net worth of $18 billion. ... Karl Hans Albrecht (born 1920) is a German entrepreneur who founded the discount supermarket chain Aldi with his brother Theo. ... Packaged food aisles in a Fred Meyer store in Portland, Oregon A supermarket is a departmentalized self-service store offering a wide variety of food and household merchandise. ... For the tax agency in Ireland of the same name, see Revenue Commissioners. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Image File history File links Aldi. ... In finance, discounting is the process of finding the current value of an amount of cash at some future date, and along with compounding cash from the basis of time value of money calculations. ... Packaged food aisles in a Fred Meyer store in Portland, Oregon A supermarket is a departmentalized self-service store offering a wide variety of food and household merchandise. ... Chain stores are a range of retail outlets which share a brand and central management, usually with standardised business methods and practices. ... Karl Hans Albrecht (born 1920) is a German entrepreneur who founded the discount supermarket chain Aldi with his brother Theo. ... Theodor Paul Albrecht, generally known as Theo Albrecht (born March 28, 1922), is a German entrepreneur, who in 2004 was ranked by Forbes magazine as the 22nd richest person in the world, with a net worth of $18 billion. ... For other uses, see Euro (disambiguation). ... Location of Benelux in Europe Official languages Dutch and French Membership  Belgium  Netherlands  Luxembourg Website http://www. ... The Iberian Peninsula, or Iberia, is located in the extreme southwest of Europe, and includes modern day Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar. ... Forsa can mean: Forsa Court District - a district of Helsingia in Sweden Forssa - a municipality of Tavastia Proper in Finland This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Lidl in Middlesbrough, England Lidl in Lomma, Sweden Typical Lidl interior Lidl is a European discount supermarket chain of German origin that operates 5,000 stores. ...

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History

Albrecht storefront in Essen, 1958
Albrecht storefront in Essen, 1958
First Aldi store in Essen, Germany
First Aldi store in Essen, Germany

Earliest roots of the company trace back to 1913, when the mother of Karl and Theo Albrecht opened a small store in a suburb of Essen. Their father was employed as a miner and later as a baker’s assistant. Karl was born in 1920, Theo in 1922. Theo completed an apprenticeship in his mother’s store, while Karl worked in a delicatessen. Karl took over a food shop formerly run by F. W. Judt who already advertised to be the "cheapest food source". Karl also served in the German Army during World War II. After the end of World War II, the brothers took over their mother’s business (1946) and soon opened another retail outlet in the vicinity. By 1950, the Albrecht brothers already owned 13 stores in the Ruhr Valley. -Aldi is presently the 24th largest retailer in the world, one place below the rapidly expanding Woolworths LTD. The brothers' idea, which was new at the time, was to subtract the then-legal maximum rebate of 3% before sale. The market leaders at the time, which often were co-operatives, required their customers to collect rebate stamps, and to send them in regular intervals to claim their money back. The Albrecht brothers also rigorously removed merchandise that did not sell from their shelves, and squeezed out as much savings as possible by not advertising, not selling fresh produce, and keeping the size of their retail outlets as small as possible. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1200 × 1600 pixel, file size: 572 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) (All user names refer to de. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1200 × 1600 pixel, file size: 572 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) (All user names refer to de. ... Essen is a city in the center of the Ruhr Area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ... Karl Hans Albrecht (born 1920) is a German entrepreneur who founded the discount supermarket chain Aldi with his brother Theo. ... Theodor Paul Albrecht, generally known as Theo Albrecht (born March 28, 1922), is a German entrepreneur, who in 2004 was ranked by Forbes magazine as the 22nd richest person in the world, with a net worth of $18 billion. ... Essen is a city in the center of the Ruhr Area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ... The El Chino Mine located near Silver City, New Mexico is an open-pit copper mine Mining is the extraction of valuable minerals or other geological materials from the earth, usually (but not always) from an ore body, vein, or (coal) seam. ... A baker prepares fresh rolls A baker is someone who primarily bakes and sells bread. ... Apprenticeship is a system of training a new generation of skilled crafts practitioners, which is still popular in some countries. ... This article is about food stores. ... The German Army (German: [1], [IPA: heɐ]  ) is the land component of the Bundeswehr (Federal Defence Forces) of the Federal Republic of Germany. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Geography Map of the Ruhr Area The Ruhr Area (German Ruhrgebiet or, colloquially, Ruhrpott) is a metropolitan area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, consisting of a number of large industrial cities bordered by the rivers Ruhr to the south, Rhine to the west, and Lippe to the north. ... A cooperative (also co-operative or co-op) comprises a legal entity owned and democratically controlled by its members, with no passive shareholders. ...


When the two brothers split the company in 1960 over a dispute whether they should sell cigarettes at the till or not, they owned 300 shops with a cash flow of DM 90 million per year. In 1962, they introduced the Aldi brand name. Both groups are financially and legally separate since 1966, though they describe their relationship as a "friendly relation"; they will also occasionally appear as if they were a single enterprise, for example with certain house brands, or when negotiating with contractor companies. Aldi expanded internationally in the 1970s and 1980s, the number of outlets skyrocketing, especially after German reunification and the fall of the Iron Curtain. The Albrecht brothers retreated from their positions as CEOs in 1993 and gave most of their wealth to foundations. ISO 4217 Code DEM User(s) Germany, Montenegro, Kosovo ERM Since 13 March 1979 Fixed rate since 31 December 1998 Replaced by €, non cash 1 January 1999 Replaced by €, cash 1 January 2002 € = 1. ... Generic brands of consumer products are distinguished by the absence of a well-known brand name. ... A general contractor is an organization or individual that contracts with another organization or individual (the owner) for the construction of a building, road or other facility. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... This article is about the 1990 German reunification. ... Warsaw Pact countries to the east of the Iron Curtain are shaded red; NATO members to the west of it — blue. ... A charitable foundation is a legal categorization of nonprofit organizations that either donate funds and support to other organizations, or provide the sole source of funding for their own activities. ...


National business organization

The Aldi Nord group currently consists of 35 independent regional branches with approximately 2,500 stores. Aldi Süd is made up of 31 companies with 1,600 stores. The border between their territories runs from the Rhine via Mülheim an der Ruhr, Wermelskirchen, Marburg, Siegen and Gießen eastwards up to slightly north of Fulda. Former East Germany is completely served by Aldi Nord, save for a single Aldi Süd store in Sonneberg, Thuringia that is associated with a Bavarian regional office. The regional branches are organised as limited partnerships with a regional manager for each branch who reports directly to the head office in Essen (Aldi Nord) or Mülheim an der Ruhr (Aldi Süd). The regional distribution centres are usually located away from urban areas, but always near an autobahn to facilitate transporting the merchandise to the individual stores. Aldi Nord, for example, has distribution centres in Bargteheide, Barleben, Beucha, Beverstedt, Datteln, Essen, Greven, Hann. Münden, Hemmoor, Hesel, Herten, Horst, Hoyerswerda, Jarmen, Lehrte, Lingen, Minden, Nortorf, Radevormwald, Rinteln, Salzgitter, Scharbeutz, Schloß Holte, Schwelm, Werl and Weyhe. The coffee roaster of Aldi Nord is also located in Weyhe. For other uses, see Rhine (disambiguation). ... Mülheim an der Ruhr is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. ... Wermelskirchen is a town in the Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, southeast of Remscheid. ... , Marburg is a city in Hesse, Germany, on the Lahn river. ... Siegen is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ... theatre in Giessen Architecture in Giessen Giessen (German spelling Gießen) is a city in the German federal state (Bundesland) of Hesse, capital of both the Giessen district and the Giessen Administrative Region. ... , Fulda (IPA: ) is a city in Hessen, Germany; it is located on the Fulda River and is the administrative seat of the Fulda district (Kreis). ... This article is about the state which existed from 1949 to 1990. ... Sonneberg is a town in Thuringia, capital of the district Sonneberg. ... The Free State of Thuringia (German: Freistaat Thüringen) is located in central Germany and is considered one of the smaller of Germanys sixteen Bundesländer (federal states), with an area of 16,200 km² and 2. ... For other uses, see Bavaria (disambiguation). ... Limited partnership Partnerships may be formed in the legal forms of General Partnership (Offene Handelsgesellschaft, OHG) or Limited Partnership (Kommanditgesellschaft, KG). ... Essen is a city in the center of the Ruhr Area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ... Mülheim an der Ruhr is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. ... This article is about the German, Austrian and Swiss road system. ... Bargteheide is a town in Stormarn district, Schleswig-Holstein state, Germany. ... Barleben is a municipality in the Ohrekreis district, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. ... Beverstedt is a municipality in the district of Cuxhaven, in Lower Saxony, Germany. ... Datteln is a town and a municipality in the district of Recklinghausen, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ... Essen is a city in the center of the Ruhr Area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... For the nearby town, site of a battle in 1757, see Minden. ... Hemmoor is a town and a municipality in the district of Cuxhaven, in Lower Saxony, Germany. ... Hesel is an municipality in Leer district. ... Herten is a town and a municipality in the district of Recklinghausen, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ... Horst is a municipality in the district of Steinburg, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. ... Hoyerswerda (Upper Sorbian Wojerecy, Lower Sorbian Wórjejce, Czech HojeÅ™ice) is a town in the German Bundesland of Saxony. ... Jarmen is a town in the district of Demmin, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. ... Lehrte is a town in the district of Hanover, in Lower Saxony, Germany. ... for the English village see Lingen, Herefordshire Lingen 1647 Lingen is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany. ... For other uses, see Minden (disambiguation). ... Nortorf is a town in the district of Rendsburg-Eckernförde, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. ... ---Sidenote START--- Radevormwald is a North Rhine-Westphalian municipality in the Oberbergischer Kreis, about 50 km east of Cologne. ... Weser watershed with Rinteln (left center) Rinteln is a small town in Lower Saxony, Germany. ... Salzgitter is a city in southeast Lower Saxony, Germany, located between Hildesheim and Braunschweig. ... Scharbeutz is a municipality in the district of Ostholstein, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. ... Schwelm is a municipality in the district of Ennepe-Ruhr in the administrative region of Arnsberg within the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. ... Werl is a small city located in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ... Weyhe is a municipality in the district of Diepholz, Lower Saxony, Germany. ...


Internationally

The Aldi group operates about 7,600 individual stores worldwide. A new store opens every week.


Aldi Nord is responsible for the markets in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Portugal and Denmark. Aldi Süd caters to the markets of Austria, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Australia, Switzerland and Slovenia. Aldi Süd currently is expanding in Switzerland, where the first stores opened in 2005. Hungary, Greece and Poland are on the short list of countries for further expansion and are expected to see the first openings in 2007.


Whilst Aldi Nord has long renamed its Dutch and Belgian subsidiaries Combi and Lansa to the ALDI Markt/Aldi Marché brand, Aldi Süd tries to keep a regional appearance. Therefore, Aldi Süd explicitly brands its outlets as Aldi Süd in Germany, Aldi Suisse in Switzerland and Hofer in Austria and Slovenia.


Geographic distribution

Distribution of Aldi within Germany
Distribution of Aldi within Germany
A map of the countries in Europe where Aldi operates, red: "Aldi Süd", dark blue:"Aldi Nord"
A map of the countries in Europe where Aldi operates, red: "Aldi Süd", dark blue:"Aldi Nord"
Country Name Aldi group Since Outlets
Germany Aldi Nord 1946 2,400
Aldi Süd Süd 1946 1,610
Australia Aldi Süd 2001 160
Austria Hofer Süd 1968 369[4]
Belgium Aldi Nord ca. 1973 380
Denmark Aldi Nord 1977 244
France Aldi Nord 1988 680
Ireland Aldi Süd 1998 34
Luxembourg Aldi Nord ca. 1990 12
Netherlands Aldi Nord ca. 1975 405
Portugal Aldi Nord June 2006 5
Romania [5] Aldi 2007
Slovenia Hofer Süd December 2005 32
Spain Aldi Nord 2002 130
Switzerland Aldi Suisse Süd 2005 58
United Kingdom Aldi Süd 1989 310
USA Aldi Süd 1976 818
total number of Aldi Nord stores 4,242
total number of Aldi Süd stores 3,378

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Business practice

Many Aldi practices are common in German supermarkets but largely unique to Aldi in markets such as the U.S. and Britain. These include the system of metal gates and turnstiles forcing customers to exit through the checkout, the practice of charging for shopping bags, and the fact that Aldi until recently accepted only cash (since 2004, German stores accept domestic Maestro debit cards). Debit cards are also accepted in the USA, the UK, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Ireland and Australia. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Maestro is an international debit card service; a joint venture by MasterCard and Europay International. ... Look up debit card in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Aldi generally does not accept credit cards, though Aldi Australia accepts MasterCard and Visa for an additional 1% surcharge. As of May 2006, the Aldi chain in the UK upgraded their debit terminals to facilitate the chip and pin security measures that have been implemented by the customers' card issuers. In the US, Aldi accepts debit/PIN-based cards (with cash back) and recently added the acceptance of Discover Card at some locations. Discover Card and Aldi also have an in-store marketing campaign to get customers to sign up for the card. A credit card system is a type of retail transaction settlement and credit system, named after the small plastic card issued to users of the system. ... MasterCard Worldwide (NYSE: MA) is a multinational corporation based in Purchase, NY in the United States. ... Visa is a brand of credit card and debit card operated by the Visa International Service Association of San Francisco, California, USA, an economic joint venture of 21,000 financial institutions that issue and market Visa products. ... Discover Network acceptance mark Discover Card is one of the four major credit card brands issued primarily in the United States, with over 50 million cardholders. ...


Another practice at Aldi stores that is uncommon in some parts of the world[citation needed] – although ubiquitous in Germany, France, the UK & Ireland – is requiring a coin to use a shopping trolley. When the coin is inserted, the trolley is unlocked from the other trolleys. This is done for efficiency reasons; the coin is returned when the shopping cart is returned to its bay so customers will return the trolley, saving Aldi's staff from having to collect trolleys from the car park or further afield. This also may help a little to prevent the trolleys from being stolen. In Australia, where the trolleys are operated by a two dollar coin, customers may purchase, for $AUD 0.99, an Aldi key ring carrying a disc the same size as the coin. On returning the trolley, the disc can be reattached to the key ring, so regular shoppers do not have to worry about carrying a coin of the correct denomination. This article is about monetary coins. ... A row of parked (and very colorful) shopping carts equipped with a coin-operated mechanism. ...


Aldi stores worldwide are approximately the same size - 800 to 1,000 square metres.[citation needed] The company's stores in Germany are similar in size to those of competing supermarkets, and can often be found near shopping centres or elsewhere where retail units of this size are common. However, in other countries, such as Britain, France, and the U.S., Aldi stores are far smaller than those countries' typical supermarkets or hypermarkets, and tend to be free-standing, purpose-built structures. Not only are all stores roughly the same size, but also have the same appearance of a low building with pitched roof. Aldi stores, at least in Germany, have a similar shop layout, making it easier for customers to find the goods they are looking for even in a store that they do not know. Packaged food aisles of Fred Meyer in Portland, Oregon In commerce, a hypermarket or multi-department store is a superstore which combines a supermarket and a department store. ...


Some Aldi stores have limited opening hours (eg. until 18:30 on week nights and 16:00 Saturdays), such as were restricted by law in Germany until these laws were relaxed somewhat in 1996 and 2004. Nearly all of its German outlets, particularly those near shopping centres, now stay open until 20:00 on six days a week. The recent abolition of the national law on closure times and consequent liberalisation to a free-for-all six day week schedule in most states of Germany has had little effect on Aldi so far. On the other hand, Aldi stores in the U.S. generally close between 7 P.M. (19:00) and 8 P.M. (20:00) on Monday to Saturday, and at 6:00 P.M. (18:00) on Sundays. Stores in the UK close at 19:00 on weeknights, earlier on Saturday, and, until recently, most remained closed on Sunday (Aldi stores in the UK, like most other British supermarkets, now open on Sundays between 10:00 and 16:00). Aldi stores in Australia generally open from 09:00 to 19:00 weekdays and open both Saturday and Sunday until 17:00/18:00. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the Federal Republic of Germany, the Ladenschlussgesetz (abbreviated: LadSchlG) was the federal law regulating at which times stores were required to be closed. ...


In-store layout

ALDI Nord interior
ALDI Nord interior

Aldi specialises in staple items such as food, beverages, sanitary articles and other inexpensive household items. Many of its products are own-brand labelled, with the number of outside brands being very limited, usually no more than two different brands for one kind of product and often only one. This increases the numbers of sales for each article and also allows Aldi stores to be smaller than supermarkets which cover the same range of products but with more diversity.[citation needed] Also it allowed Aldi to avoid the use of price tags even before the introduction of barcode scanners (see below). Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 798 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2864 × 2152 pixel, file size: 1,022 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Aldi Metadata... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 798 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2864 × 2152 pixel, file size: 1,022 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Aldi Metadata... The word drink is primarily a verb, meaning to ingest liquids, see Drinking. ...


Some brand name products are carried in certain markets however, for example HARIBO sweets in Germany, Marmite and Branston Pickle in the UK or Vegemite and Milo in Australia. In the US, major brand name products such as Oscar Mayer Bacon, are occasionally offered when on sale. This is strictly limited to very strong brands, though, and usually the result of the patronage not favouring Aldi's house-brand substitute over the brand product. Unlike most other stores, Aldi does not accept manufacturers' coupons. HARIBO production site in Uzes, France HARIBO is a confectionery producer, founded in 1920 in Germany by Hans Riegel Sr. ... A jar of the British version of Marmite Marmite is a British and New Zealand savoury spread made from yeast extract, a by-product of beer brewing. ... A jar of Branston Pickle Branston Pickle is a United Kingdom brand of jarred pickled relish. ... Vegemite on toast. ... Packets of Milo drink. ...


In addition to its standard assortment, Aldi also has weekly special offers, some of them on more expensive products such as electronics, appliances or computers, usually from Medion. Although not always available, but regularly put up for sale are clothing, toys, flowers, gifts. Specials are only available in strictly limited quantities and for a limited timeframe (one week). In the past some of Aldi's early computer offers were so popular in Germany that all available items sold in only a few hours. These computer products included in 1987, a Commodore 64 home computer pack.[6] This article is about the machine. ... Medion is a German company which sells consumer electronics products. ... C-64 redirects here. ... Children playing on a Amstrad CPC 464 in the 1980s. ...


Aldi is the largest wine retailer in Germany. Progressive Group International. Retrieved on 2007-14-12. Aldi mainly sells exclusively produced, custom-branded products (often identical to and produced by major brands) with brand names including "Grandessa" and "Be Active". American Aldi stores also feature bargain-priced, gourmet foods imported from Germany. This is also the case in Australia. For other uses, see Wine (disambiguation). ... Swedish grocery store where private label products (under the brands Hemköp and Eldorado, Axfood) are placed along with other brands such as Knorr (Unilever) and Blå band (Campbell Soup). ...


In the USA, Aldi Nord CEO Theo Albrecht started a family trust that owns the Trader Joe's chain of specialty grocery stores, which is separate from both Aldi corporations. It is not Theo but his brother Karl Albrecht's Aldi South that conducts Aldi's operations in the USA. Theodor Paul Albrecht, generally known as Theo Albrecht (born March 28, 1922), is a German entrepreneur, who in 2004 was ranked by Forbes magazine as the 22nd richest person in the world, with a net worth of $18 billion. ... Trader Joes is a privately held chain of specialty grocery stores headquartered in Monrovia, California. ... Karl Hans Albrecht (born 1920) is a German entrepreneur who founded the discount supermarket chain Aldi with his brother Theo. ...


In-Store Ordering

Typically, most ALDI stores' do their ordering in an evening, the reason being that the shop has been traded and the backstock will have all been worked. This gives a very accurate picture to the manager ordering so he knows what is left. Using a wireless PDA style device that is linked to the back office computer. There are other elements to the system such as A3 sized clipboards with opening and closing stocks for directly delivered items, such as bread, milk and pastries.


It seems that there are exceptions to the ordering process, for example, the weekly specials are allocated to stores based upon sales, as there is only a limited number sourced by the company, similarly with the super "6" offers on fruit and veg. However it's worth noting that occasionally the company may allocate fruit and veg out to stores due to under-ordering as stores' protect their wastage budget.


Once the order is completed by the manager, is it transmitted to their relevant distribution centre and is picked for despatch the next day. Stores' are made aware of any problems with their order via the communication material that comes with the delivery, this typically shows what is missing from their order, along with price changes and other communications for items instore.


Low price philosophy

Aldi Nord in Kamen, Germany
Aldi Nord in Kamen, Germany
ALDI Süd in Trier, Germany
ALDI Süd in Trier, Germany
Stand-alone Aldi store in Arndell Park, NSW, Australia opened in 2001 with a large car parking area

Aldi's "strictly no frills" approach is evident for instance in that Aldi stores do not decorate aisles — or even fill shelves for that matter: pallets of the products on offer are parked alongside the aisles, and customers picking up products will gradually empty them. When all items on a pallet have been sold, it is replaced. Long lines at the checkout counter are also common, reflecting Aldi's minimal staffing levels, as well as the competitive situation in Aldi's native Germany, where long supermarket till queues are generally accepted as part of daily life. However, due to the efficient checkout system, a long queue does not necessarily translate into longer waiting times than in other supermarkets. Image File history File links Wikitext. ... Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 462 pixel Image in higher resolution (2000 × 1156 pixel, file size: 985 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Other versions Originally from de. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 462 pixel Image in higher resolution (2000 × 1156 pixel, file size: 985 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Other versions Originally from de. ... Kamen is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, in the district Unna. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Trier (French: ; Luxembourgish Tréier) is a city in Germany on the banks of the Moselle River. ... Arndell Park is a suburb of Sydney, Australia. ... A wooden pallet A plastic pallet with nine legs, which can be lifted from all four sides A Pallet can also be a small, hard, or temporary bed (a term heavily used in the southern United States to describe a makeshift bed consisting of a blanket and a pillow on... The BancNet (BN) Point-Of-Sale System is a local PIN-based electronic funds transfer (EFTPOS) payments solution operated by BancNet on behalf of the member banks and China UnionPay (CUP). ...


These and other cost-cutting strategies save Aldi money and the general price level in Aldi stores shows that most of these savings are passed directly on to consumer. Aldi has carved its own niche with this approach; while some shoppers may not like shopping in a bland or industrial-looking (and possibly congested) store, such lack of frills has become part of the accepted norm with Aldi, somewhat similar to Wal-Mart's style of parking pallets on floors with pre-prepared displays. ("Top quality at incredibly low prices", "smarter shopping" and "Spend a little, live a lot" are Aldi's marketing slogans.) Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ...


Aldi also profited from the introduction of the euro in Germany and other countries. Consumers believed that many merchants had used the currency changeover as a cover to increase prices, often substantially; which in some cases has been upheld by independent studies. In contrast to other supermarkets, Aldi prominently listed "before and after" prices on posters in stores for months after the introduction, and generally rounded its euro prices down. As a result, Aldi earned a great deal of customer respect. For other uses, see Euro (disambiguation). ...


The charge imposed by credit card acquirers on payments means that few Aldi stores accept credit cards. Most accept debit cards, however.


Advertising policy

Aldi has a policy in Germany of not advertising, apart from a weekly newsletter of special prices called Aldi informiert (Aldi informs) that is distributed in stores, by direct mail, and often printed in local newspapers. It claims this is a cost saving that can be passed on to consumers. However, in the USA, Aldi advertises regularly via weekly newspaper inserts and television commercials. In the UK, print and television ads appeared in mid-2005. In Germany, all advertising is done in-house, and it is generally believed that Aldi has never spent any money for an external advertising agency at all.[3] This is not the case in the U.S., however. There, John-Low Advertising of Chicago, IL currently handles agency-of-record duties. Aldi does not have publicly listed telephones in stores to minimise the time tills are unused.


In Australia during the period immediately after store openings, Aldi used two page colour advertising particularly in local suburban give-away newspapers. They have also delivered the full colour leaflet used in store to householders' letterboxes in store localities. In addition they offer an e-mail subscription to a weekly newsletter.


With the more recent success of supposedly upmarket rivals such as Marks and Spencer marketing the quality of their produce, the UK advertising for Aldi now consists of a large amount of reference to products sold at Aldi that have won awards in group tests from the likes of Women's Own or Good Housekeeping magazines, in an effort to underline the quality of the food. Marks and Spencer plc (known also as M&S and sometimes colloquially as Marks and Sparks) is the largest retailer in the United Kingdom by sales. ... A cover of Good Housekeeping from 1908. ...


Checkout system

Aldi in Bethlehem, PA, USA

Aldi's checkout procedure is highly standardised, with checkout operators sitting down in swivel chairs, passing products through a two-sided barcode scanner. Products have very long barcodes covering several sides of the packaging to speed this procedure. Cashiers save additional time by preparing the most likely amount of change while the customer is still searching for money in his/her wallet. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 322 pixel Image in higher resolution (1024 × 412 pixel, file size: 232 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) By Michael Katz Aldi in Bethlehem, PA taken at sunset, gamma corrected to make it lighter. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 322 pixel Image in higher resolution (1024 × 412 pixel, file size: 232 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) By Michael Katz Aldi in Bethlehem, PA taken at sunset, gamma corrected to make it lighter. ... Bethlehem is a city located in USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 71,329. ... Langley Park is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Washington, D.C. metro area. ... POS must not be confused with EFT/POS and POS Terminal used in Electronic payment POS or PoS is an acronym for point-of-sale (or point of purchase). ... A barcode reader (or barcode scanner) is a computer peripheral for reading barcodes printed on various surfaces. ... Wikipedia encoded in Code 128 Wikipedia encoded in Code 93 Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia encoded in the DataMatrix 2D barcode For the taxonomic method, see DNA barcoding. ...


Aldi was, however, a latecomer to barcode scanners, and many stores only added them in 2004; previously, cashier clerks would manually enter a three-digit code for each item from memory (Aldi North) or the actual price (Aldi South). An advantage of this was that the cashiers could already type in the prices of all the articles on the conveyor belt even if the customers were blocking the process by not putting the articles quickly enough back into their shopping cart. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Point of contact between a power transmission belt and its pulley. ...


Once products have been scanned, they are put directly in the shopping cart, which has a special dock on the counter for this purpose. This is why Aldi stores in Germany insist that customers use a trolley - the customer is expected to bag groceries away from the cash-desk. But some people never did so and escaped with their old-fashioned wicker baskets or rucksacks the last 20 or so years very fine at Aldi. In most countries Aldi does not offer hand baskets. In Denmark, hand baskets are available in all Aldi stores and in Australia they are offered in some stores, such as the Melbourne city store. A row of parked (and very colorful) shopping carts equipped with a coin-operated mechanism. ...


In Germany, the US, Australia, the Netherlands, Ireland and the UK, Aldi does not provide free plastic shopping bags. Instead the customer can purchase various types of plastic/recyclable bags at the checkout to cart the goods out of the store. The carriers range in Australia ranging from 15¢ to $2.50, in Ireland plastic bags are subject to a 22c levy, commonly referred to as the "Plastic Bag levy". Bags cost 6c in Germany, and in the UK from a standard sized carrier at 3p, a loop-handle carrier at 9p to a reusable carrier at 99p. In the US Aldi offers paper bags for 5¢, reusable plastic bags for 10¢ and insulated freezer bags for 99¢. In many US stores, the freezer bags are only available during the summer months and holidays. Customers often utilise the emptied merchandise boxes from the shelves as another means to transport items. Plastic shopping bags/Carrier bags are a common type of shopping bag in several countries. ...


Reputation

Originally Aldi stores were often ridiculed as being cheap shops selling low-quality goods and that Aldi's customers were all poor people who couldn't afford to shop elsewhere. In the Soviet Union it was sometimes joked that "Food stamps are the official currency of Aldi." However, being held in such low esteem by many did not seem to dent Aldi's profits. Gradually many German consumers discovered that the poor reputation of Aldi's products was undeserved. This shift in public perception was boosted by actions like a series of cookbooks that only used Aldi ingredients, which led to the emergence of a kind of Aldi fandom into parts of the German mainstream. This can be seen by books like Aldidente with recipes containing only ingredients found at Aldi (which was later sold as a special at Aldi), as well as the German language newsgroup de.alt.fan.aldi. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1555x1104, 390 KB) ALDI marked Picture taken in Hjørring, 2004 © 2004 by Tomasz Sienicki, tsca#sdf. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1555x1104, 390 KB) ALDI marked Picture taken in Hjørring, 2004 © 2004 by Tomasz Sienicki, tsca#sdf. ... Hjørring - Springvandspladsen Hjørring is a municipality (Danish, kommune) in North Jutland County on the west coast of the island of Vendsyssel-Thy at the top of the Jutland peninsula in northern Denmark. ... A boy from an East Cipinang trash dump slum in Jakarta, Indonesia shows what he found. ... The Food Stamp Program is a federal assistance program that provides food to low income people living in the United States. ... Fandom (from the noun fan and the affix -dom, as in kingdom, dukedom, etc. ... A newsgroup is a repository usually within the Usenet system, for messages posted from many users at different locations. ...


In countries such as the UK, where the level of service and presentation of mainstream supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons is much higher than in Aldi's native Germany, Aldi's public reputation has not improved in the same way.[neutrality disputed] Yet, due to an overall high price level in British retailing and Aldi's strong commitment to continuous low prices, the firm remains profitable.[citation needed] While it is still a small player with a grocery market share of less than 3%, its importance along with that of continental no frills competitor Lidl is growing. Also, Aldi is aggressively recruiting managemant staff at such top UK institutions as the University of Warwick and others. , For other uses, see Tesco (disambiguation). ... This article is about the supermarket business. ... For other uses, see Morrison. ... TNS Worldpanel is a division of the United Kingdom based global market information group TNS, which analyses the British grocery sector. ...


In the United States, like most US supermarkets, Aldi stores in many American states accept public assistance debit-style cards as payment. In addition, Aldi, along with its main competitor in the United States, Save-A-Lot, are said to be one of the few[weasel words] businesses to have actually benefited from high gas prices due to the inexpensive prices on groceries. Save-A-Lot is a grocery store chain that is the thirteenth-largest retail chain and sixth-largest chain under a single banner with more than one thousand stores in the United States and $4 billion in sales. ...

Opening Day at Bribie Island Queensland

In many areas of Australia, Aldi filled a void in the discount supermarket business that arose when the popular discount grocery chain Franklins ceased trading in 2002, except in New South Wales. For example in Queensland Aldi aims to have 50 stores across the state by the end of 2008 in areas with a population of about 20,000 residents. [7] Franklins is a discount supermarket chain selling packaged groceries and perishables throughout New South Wales, Australia. ...


Criticism

In April 2000 Aldi UK paid damages to a shop manager they had fired for being HIV-positive. Aldi reached an out-of-court settlement with Mark Hedley, former manager of the Aldi supermarket in Seaham, County Durham, shortly before an employment tribunal hearing. Mr Hedley complained of discrimination after he was asked to leave because bosses said other staff felt uncomfortable around him. It is thought the damages paid to Mr Hedley ran to six figures[8]. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a retrovirus that infects cells of the human immune system. ... , Seaham, formerly Seaham Harbour, is a small town in County Durham that grew up around a harbour on the North Sea coast of north-east England. ... County Durham is a county in north-east England. ...


In 2004, Aldi sold garden furniture from Indonesian Meranti wood in Germany. Because it was not able to show that it was sourced legally (70% of Indonesian timber is logged illegally), environmental organisations put pressure on Aldi to withdraw the wood from the market.[9] After a few days Aldi bowed to the public pressure and declared in the future it would only sell wood with the FSC certificate, which stands for sustainable forestry.[10] Genera Anisoptera Cotylelobium Dipterocarpus Dryobalanops Hopea Marquesia Monotes Neobalanocarpus Pakaraimaea Parashorea Shorea Stemonoporus Upuna Vateria Vateriopsis Vatica Dipterocarpaceae is a family of 17 genera and approximately 580-680 species of mainly tropical lowland rainforest trees with two-winged fruits. ... The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a non-profit organization based in Bonn, Germany. ...


Aldi Talk

On 7 December 2005, based on their well known brand, Aldi (both North and South) in Germany introduced a low-cost pay-as-you-go mobile phone rate Aldi Talk, piggybacking on the e-plus network. They offered rates of 5c (now 3c) per minute/SMS to other Aldi Talk customers and 15c (now 13c) to landlines and other mobile phones. This offer at first was a two-week limited time offer, but has been available permanently on a "starter set", which has a SIM card and €10 worth of credit since early 2006.[11]. is the 341st day of the year (342nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pay As You Go, often shortened to PAYG, is the general term for the concept of a prepay mobile phone. ... E-Plus is a mobile telecommunications operator in Germany. ... SIM re-directs here; for alternate uses see Sim (disambiguation) A SIM card taken from a GSM mobile phone A subscriber identity module (SIM) is a smartcard securely storing the key identifying a mobile subscriber. ...


Hofer in Austria offers a pay-as-you-go service called "yesss!" using Austria's One Network[12]. // ALDI is a supermarket chain based in Germany. ...


Shop ALDI Smart

On March 26th, 2008, In the US, Aldi debuted new TV commercials and a new website called "Shop ALDI Smart", it even became a new corporate slogan replacing "Incredible Value Every Day!" However the old slogan is still seen in most stores. This new campaign is to celebrate why shoppers they already shop at Aldi and why there is no better to save, and also talks about The Double Back Guarantee. One of the new TV Ads includes Aldi shoppers singing a jingle in a broadway scene.


Trivia

  • "Aldisierung" (Aldisation) was named Word of the Year for 2005 in German-speaking Switzerland, following the company's decision to enter the Swiss market.[13]
  • In Germany Aldi is occasionally light-heartedly called Feinkost Albrecht (approximate translation: "Albrecht's Fine Foods" or " Albrecht Delicatessen").[14]
  • From its opening in Sydney in 2001, the Aldi Süd logo was slightly changed to remove the Sud part of the name: [1]
  • Karl and Theo Albrecht's mother has been reported to say "Je schlechter es den Menschen geht, desto besser geht es uns" (The worse off the people are, the better off we are).[3]
  • Homestar Runner character Senor Cardgage is sometimes seen with what looks like an Aldi bag.

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See also

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Competitors

Lidl in Middlesbrough, England Lidl in Lomma, Sweden Typical Lidl interior Lidl is a European discount supermarket chain of German origin that operates 5,000 stores. ... BI-LO is a major Australian supermarket chain owned by Wesfarmers (formerly Coles Group). ... Franklins is a discount supermarket chain selling packaged groceries and perishables throughout New South Wales, Australia. ... Food For Less is an Australian discount supermarket chain owned by Woolworths Limited. ... F.W. Woolworth Company the original USA based chain of high street shops. ... Wakefern (ShopRites corporate arm) owns and operates the PriceRite limited-assortment chain of supermarkets throughout Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania. ... The Food Basics in North Bergen, New Jersey. ... , For other uses, see Tesco (disambiguation). ... Penny Market logo Penny Market is a German supermarket owned by Rewe Group. ... Plus is a German chain of supermarkets founded in 1972. ... This article is about the supermarket chain. ... Dia is a hard-discount supermarket chain, part of the Carrefour Group. ... Save-A-Lot is a grocery store chain that is the thirteenth-largest retail chain and sixth-largest chain under a single banner with more than one thousand stores in the United States and $4 billion in sales. ... For other supermarket chains with the same name, see Netto (Les Mousquetaires) and Netto Marken-Discount. ...

References

  1. ^ ALDI Group Company Profile. Yahoo! Finance. Retrieved on 2006-06-18.
  2. ^ The World's Richest People. Forbes Magazine. Retrieved on 2007-01-14.
  3. ^ a b c d (German) Hinter den Kulissen des Discounters. Stern. Retrieved on 2007-01-14.
  4. ^ AC Nielsen. "Lebensmittel-Riesen in Österreich", Der Standard, 2007-03-05, pp. 9. 
  5. ^ (Romanian) Meciul dintre discounterii Aldi si Lidl se muta in arena romaneasca. Retrieved on 2007-08-11.
  6. ^ HCM: The Home Computer Museum. Retrieved on 2007-02-09.
  7. ^ Aldi opens five new Queensland stores > FOODweek Online > Main Features Page
  8. ^ Damages for sacked HIV manager. BBC News (2000-04-10). Retrieved on 2007-01-14.
  9. ^ (German) Umwelt:Aldi auf dem Holzweg. SPIEGEL ONLINE (2004-05-20). Retrieved on 2007-02-04.
  10. ^ (German) Protestaktionen bringen Discounter zum Umdenken (2004-05-26). Retrieved on 2007-02-04.
  11. ^ (German) Aldi steigt ins Mobilfunk-Geschäft ein. heise online (2005-12-03). Retrieved on 2007-01-14.
  12. ^ (German) Diskont-Mobiltelefonieren: Jetzt kommt YESSS!. extradienst.at (2005-04-01). Retrieved on 2007-02-09.
  13. ^ (German) "Aldisierung" bewegt Schweizer. Ärzte Zeitung (2005-12-15). Retrieved on 2007-01-14.
  14. ^ (German) Aldi will mehr Marken. manager-magazin (2005-11-04). Retrieved on 2007-01-14.

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