We work at Aldi and here's everything customers should know but don't – including when to nab the best deals

THERE are loads of reasons why Aldi is one of our favourite places to shop – and it's not just the cheap prices that keeps sucking us in.

In fact, the German supermarket chain – made popular by its speedy check-out and no-fuss shopping – has become a go-to for many, but there are some things we should all know.

The check-out is different

A former employee previously revealed the reason why Aldi staff move at super-speed when scanning your items.

And it's because they once had scanning targets to meet – although this isn't the case anymore.

Another reason check-out workers are able to move so swiftly is because Aldi products have multiple barcodes, a former worker told My London.

This means staff don't have to fumble about in search of where to scan – and you can whizz through in minutes.

What's more, the length of the conveyor belt was specifically designed for customers to be able to unload a full trolley and still fit everything in one go.

You've probably been saying Aldi wrong

An Aldi insider told Fabulous that the right way to pronounce it is ‘Al-di’, rather than drag it out by saying ‘All-di’.

The supermarket’s name actually came from the surname of the brothers who started the chain in 1946, Karl and Theo Albrecht.

The 'Al' is taken from Albrecht, and the 'di' comes from discount.

Why there are never 'buy one get one free' deals

We all love a good deal when we see one but Aldi makes a point of not having any.

Instead, the supermarket is committed to offering the lowest prices for the best quality products every single day, the Aldi insider told us.

But Aldi's Specialbuys aisle always has some pretty good offers available.

And its "Super 6" selection of seasonal fruit and veg offers good food for a reduced price.

There's a 'right time' to shop

Apparently, when products are on their last day of shelf life, Aldi will reduce prices by 30% before stores open and by 75% before shops close to help prevent food waste – so be sure to keep an eye out for bargains.

What's more, You reported that Aldi restocks their best buys every Thursday and Sunday, meaning these are the ideal days to shop in-store and online.

There's less staff – but they learn everything

Aldi's business model aims to simplify everything and keep costs low, which branches in the hiring of staff too.

Mary, who's worked at Aldi for over 15 years, told My London that there's always far less staff working in each Aldi store compared to other supermarkets.

This means staff are trained across multiple areas and are expected to know how to do everything – and they're never stuck doing the same thing for too long.

For example, someone might be loading up shelves one minute and helping on the tills the next, but tomorrow they'll do something completely different.

In a video posted on Youtube, an Aldi shift manager named Linda Richie, said: "Aldi is all about get up and go. If you come in as an associate that doesn't mean that you're gonna come in and ring. You can come in on any given day and will be placing the grocery products on the shelf, placing our produce out, refilling the cooler, stocking the freezer, or helping the customers." 

What's more, because there's way less staff in-store, they're often always busy and there's very little time for "customer interaction."

And this could be how they manage to keep prices so low.

There's a reason for the boxes on the shelves

At first, you might think it's a result of lazy workers, but that's not the reason Aldi's shelves are stacked with boxes.

Instead of spending hours unpacking them and putting products on the shelf, employees simply crack open a box and use that instead.

With less time spent packing shelves, there's less money spent on wages and staff can be better placed elsewhere, Mashed reports.

But the boxes are reportedly designed with "invisibility" in mind, which means they blend in with product packaging.

Customers pay a 'deposit' to use a trolley

You know the drill, insert your coin to release a trolley and on you go inside the store. But have you ever thought about why you have to 'pay' to use a trolley?

The reason for this is simple. And it's so customers return the trolley to the bay and staff don't have to do it.

But you can still use one without a coin

You read that right, you don't need to have a coin handy to use the trolley.

Instead, at least in the US, Aldi staff are able to "loan" you a coin, according to a Reddit thread, or simply allow you to "borrow" a trolley they often have hanging around the tills.

One person posted: "I have been coinless before upon a larger purchase and simply asked a cashier to provide change for a dollar if I had cash, Rather than card that day. During those couple of occasions, the associate promptly provided me a loaner cart or just handed me a quarter. When I was thru shopping and loaded in my truck I promptly returned cart or coin."

But an Aldi worker pointed out that the money comes out of their till so if you don't return it, it reflects badly on them at the end of the shift.

In other news, a thrifty shopper shares supermarket hacks so YOU can save on your shop – from ‘downshifting’ to ignoring multi-packs.

We also revealed the supermarket secrets YOU need to know to save money and time – and why you should always weigh your veg.

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