Aldi is a Unique Shopping Experience and Yakima Needs One Now
I've heard of differences between our grocery employees in the United States and how they differ from those who work in the UK. They seem to be doing a few things I'd love to see implemented here in the states which I'll go over in a bit. I've heard they had some Aldi locations in the United States and, as it turns out, those traditions carried over. Here's what you can expect from Aldi and why I'd love to see a location here in Yakima.
The cashiers are sitting down.
The ol' if you're not standing, you're not working is played out and done. As it turns out, cashiers can still do literally everything whether they're standing or sitting so why not let them sit while ringing up your order? No reason to stand, honestly. If they need to get up, they can get it. It's not rocket science. Let our cashiers take a seat. They work just as efficiently.
You rent the shopping carts.
I was a little confused at first but it made all the sense in the world. I didn't see how much it was, but it was something like 25 cents to use a shopping cart at Aldi. You pop in your quarter and it unlocks one for you. The idea being when you return it you get your money back. I think it's brilliant as this way people won't just leave their carts next to parking stalls or in handicap parking spots like I've seen several times around Yakima.
The items are unique to certain stores.
You know how some stores have the name brand, then the off-brand? Well, this store seems to be filled with the cheaper off-brand variant which is often just as good and, in some cases, better in my eyes. Not only do you know you're saving money but already know what you're getting into. The location I visited even had some local items packaged from local bakeries which was great for a tourist like me. So, yes, you won't find Honey Nut Cheerios but you will find Honey Nut Crispy Oats.
Not a gripe but maybe a positive. Since the stock is more limited the stores aren't nearly as big. That way you're not walking a course of 5 city blocks just because you forgot toothpaste and milk and a larger chain store. Each trip is quick and simple.
Products left in shipping boxes.
What a time saver! I'm sure you've seen it before. You're just trying to do your shopping but an employee is taking up the entire aisle with their giant cart as they unload carrots or potato chips. They just leave everything in the boxes for easy access and extra stackable.
There's several other reasons but those stand out. I got a 'Trader Joes' vibe about this place and since Yakima will probably never get a Trader Joes this might be the next best thing.