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Aldi UK is trialling new checkout free technology in one of its London stores.

The discount retailer says that the tech will allow customers to scan a smartphone app to enter the store, pick up their shopping, and walk out without the need to pay at a till.

They will then receive an email receipt and be charged automatically using their chosen payment method.

A press release did not mention where in London the trial is taking place, or which tech firm Aldi is working with on the project.

It did reveal, however, that staff are currently involved in the test, and further testing will be carried out with the public.

Chinese e-commerce giant has launched a new JD MALL brand, an upgraded version of its E-Space omnichannel retail experience store.

This will make its debut in Xi’an on 30th September.

With an area of 42,000 square metres across five floors, the aim is to offer an immersive experience through 200,000 items from over 150 domestic and international brands.

Consumers are able to place orders through the official WeChat Mini Program by scanning QR codes on each of the items, and JD will handle the last mile delivery side of things.

US retailer PetSmart has announced a buy now, pay later partnership with Afterpay, covering both in-store and online.

Customers can make purchases and pay for them in four interest-free instalments, due every two weeks.

Afterpay is available for all PetSmart products, as well as services like grooming, training, and day camps.

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