Tesco and Aldi announce big changes that will affect buyers

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The way we buy in supermarkets has changed rapidly in the past two months as stores do what they can to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Fortunately, the panic purchases and empty shelves that took place in March now seem to be over, but there are security measures that should be in place for some time.

And just as we get used to a set of rules, and remember the shopping times in our local stores, other changes are happening.

This week, Tesco and Aldi announced changes that will affect the way customers shop.

Both are in place now and we have gathered what you need to know.

Tesco

As purchasing habits have changed in recent weeks, Tesco has decided to extend the expiration date of some of its Clubcard vouchers, in order to give users more time to use them. This means that vouchers that were due to expire on May 31, 2020 can now be used until November 30, 2020.

Tesco’s Clubcard program gives members one point for every £ 1 spent in stores and every £ 2 spent on fuel. Each 150 points is worth £ 1.50 to spend in store or online, and is worth up to three times more with Tesco’s reward partners, including Virgin Atlantic and Pizza Express.

To check if you have vouchers that are about to expire, log in to the Tesco Clubcard app and go to the “vouchers” section. There you can see your total points and expiration dates.

Vouchers can be spent at Tesco stores, online, and with reward partners. Vouchers are generally valid for two years and you cannot redeem them after they have expired.

Buyers also have more time to retrospectively add Clubcard points to their account. If you have receipts with points you earned between March 23 and June 14, you can do so at stores at the customer service counter, but you can only add up to two receipts per day.

Aldi


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This week, Aldi introduced a three-color light system at store entrances. These are designed to control the number of customers inside at any given time, to help keep buyers and staff safe.

The automated system signals a green light when customers can enter and a red light when they have to wait outside. The system was successfully tested and rolled out nationwide this week.

The signs are designed to respect the limits of the customers of each store so that the people inside can respect the rule of the social distance of two meters.

Customers queuing outside are always asked to give priority to NHS and blue light workers, who are allowed to go to the front of the queue when they arrive.

Richard Thornton, director of communications for Aldi, said: “The protection and security of our customers and employees is our top priority and this new system is a precise and effective means of enabling us to control the number of customers in stores.

“The test of the system has been well received by our customers and we will gradually roll out this new social distancing measure nationwide starting this week.”

Aldi will continue to implement other social distancing measures in stores, including protective screens at checkouts, markers in workshops to help people keep their distance and hand sanitizers and wipes for customers.

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