A shopper and self-described 'big fan' of Aldi has shared the little-known reason why the supermarket has multiple barcodes on their grocery items.

The woman, who goes by the name Gluten-Free Sam on TikTok, said the real reason why you'll often see as many as four or five barcodes on items in Aldi is so that cashiers can scan the items faster - and get more people through the checkouts speedily.

'Fun fact: Aldi product packaging is designed to have multiple barcodes so that the cashiers can scan things faster,' Sam shared in a video.

'All about that speed baby.' 

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Sam accompanied her video with a clip of her pretending to work in Aldi and scanning items speedily.

It wasn't long before the clip went viral, and thousands admitted that they had always wondered why Aldi has so many barcodes on their foods.

'Wow, that's actually so smart,' one person commented.

'Bro that's so smart and I always wondered how they went so effing fast,' another added.

A third employee chimed in, writing: 'They would track our scan rates. I was so fast and neat'.  

After speaking to Aldi, Daily Mail Australia understands that many of their products have multiple and 'giant' barcodes in order to make it 'more efficient' for their employees to quickly scan each item instead of having to check the package to find the barcode.

Previously, an Aldi employee revealed that checkout staff scan groceries at breakneck speed because they are being timed by store managers who constantly monitor their productivity. 

Brooke Hoskin is a shop assistant at a Sydney branch of the German-owned discount supermarket chain, where she is responsible for stacking shelves, replenishing stock and taking payment at the till.

Brooke shared a TikTok video before her shift in which she revealed workers are timed on how quickly they scan items and move on to the next shopper. 

While there is no minimum scanning speed, staff observed to be overly relaxed about their duties could be reprimanded, an unwelcome prospect given Aldi's famously attractive pay packets.

The biggest reason for rapid scanning is to keep product prices and staff numbers as low as possible.

Employing less people means Aldi can maintain its famously cheap prices for customers.

It also allows the store to pay existing workers significantly higher wages than the accepted retail standard, which means employees are content and more likely to stay with the company.

The Australian branch of the supermarket chain is known to offer one of the country's highest graduate salaries, with entry-level positions paying $90,700 - more than any of the careers with the highest starting salaries in Australia.

According to Graduate Careers Australia's 2015 report, dentistry and optometry had median starting salaries of $80,000, followed by medicine on $65,000 and education on $61,000.

Aldi: Australia's best place to work?

Aldi's popular 14-month area manager graduate training program attracts more than 9,000 applicants for a handful of roles every year.

The 2020 progam offered a starting salary of $90,700, increasing to $165,900 over five years, plus a company car, new iPhone and five weeks of annual leave.

To be eligible, applicants must have completed either a Bachelor's or Master's degree no more than two years prior to the start of the program. 

'You must have also demonstrated academic excellence and provide transcripts to reflect that. Graduates must be flexible enough to relocate throughout the state during the training and placement period,' the description of the program reads.

'On successful completion of the graduate program, you'll take on the role of Area Manager, running three to five stores in a multi-million dollar business as if it was your own.'

Source: Grad Australia

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