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Electronic Shelf Labels: IT innovation in our stores

ALDI SÜD IT Projektbericht Electronic Shelf Labels

With the introduction of electronic shelf labels (ESLs), we have taken an important step towards digital transformation in our stores – and increased customer satisfaction at the same time. The ESL project has been a success not only throughout Germany, but also internationally. Find out here why it wasn’t always easy, but was definitely worth it! 

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“In my job, I’m working on something that affects me indirectly too”

Sabine works as an IT Project Manager at ALDI SOUTH and is part of the Project Management Office team. In this interview, she talks about her everyday work life and reveals how, in her job, she works on something that indirectly benefits her personally as an end customer.

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Efficient design for digital excellence with the ALDI SOUTH design system

With the ALDI SOUTH design system, the Customer Interaction department has created an indispensable tool for the design, development and maintenance of our digital products. It provides basic design principles and reusable design components that ensure a consistent look and feel across all digital touchpoints for our customers. We have now been honoured with the prestigious Red Dot Award 2023 in the Interface & User Experience Design category. 

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“The reason I joined ALDI SOUTH back then was because of just that – it’s ALDI.”

Stefanie works as an IT Consultant in the EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) team. EDI makes it easy to transmit warehouse purchase orders to suppliers electronically, for example. In this interview, she talks about her everyday work life and explains why she chose ALDI SOUTH as her employer seven years ago.

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From working student to Manager: Pierre’s career at ALDI SOUTH IT

Pierre began his career at ALDI SOUTH IT as a working student in 2014. Now, in his role as IT Manager, he leads the team responsible for the POS systems in the eleven ALDI SOUTH countries. In this interview, he reveals the challenges he faced along the way and the qualities that are important for a successful career at ALDI SOUTH IT.

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ALDI SOUTH to feature as a guest in the "BI or DIE" podcast

Data science, agility and business intelligence: We provide answers to the what, how and why at ALDI Data & Analytics Services GmbH in the “BI or DIE” podcast.

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“ALDI SOUTH taught me it’s never too late to learn new skills”

Esha has been working as an Engineer in our Data & Analytics unit for two years and is currently also working as a Deployment Manager Business. In our interview, she reveals which project she is working on right now, how she keeps up to date in the fast-evolving world of technology and what tools ALDI SOUTH offers to help her with this.

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Interactive live streams in our IT job advertisements: ranked first at the Trendence and HR Excellence Awards 2023

It is very important to us to provide you as an applicant with authentic insights into the work at ALDI SOUTH IT. For this purpose, we launched our live stream series “aldi.deepdive(live)”, where we embedded interactive live streams in our job advertisements during a campaign week at the beginning of August. It was a great success!

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How the “Global Facilities Management” SaaS application facilitates work in our stores

With our new software-as-a-service application, Global Facilities Management (GFM), we’ve created a solution at ALDI SOUTH IT that lightens the load for all of the employees in our stores: GFM enables us to digitally process more than 1.6 million maintenance requests per year, plan maintenance tasks for around one million technical systems and reduce costly equipment failures.

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“I am part of defining processes or structures that have a real impact on the market”

Marc, as an architect, and his team are working to make numerous customer touchpoints even more customer-friendly. In this interview, he tells us what makes his work so exciting and which project he is currently involved with.

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“We train Scrum Masters internally and anchor agile knowledge in the organisation”

At ALDI SOUTH, we are no way near the end of our journey when it comes to agile transformation. But we are experiencing a real movement: the agile mindset and an agile way of working are becoming more and more important in our international IT. An example of this is the Scrum Master Education Program (SMEP). We spoke with Carola, one of the organisers, and Natasha, one of the graduates, about how the program works, why it is so important and why the internal agile community is getting bigger and bigger.

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“I make sure that my team can focus on the operational side of things.”

IT Manager Stefan ALDI SÜD

As an IT Manager, Stefan leads the SAP Product Integration team at ALDI SOUTH. In this interview, he reveals what the role as a leader entails for him and how he creates a productive working environment for his team.

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Onboarding at ALDI SOUTH IT: Interview with Nina

When new colleagues start their first day with us, Nina is usually the first face that greets them. Nina is responsible for the onboarding at ALDI SOUTH and organises both the Welcome Day and Week One. In this interview, she tells us the exact procedure for the induction of our new colleagues and what she enjoys most about her job.

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From a Developer to an Architect: Sabine talks about her daily work in IT at ALDI SOUTH

Sabine started working at ALDI SOUTH as a developer. In her current role as an Architect, she has an overall view of our entire system landscape. In this interview, Sabine gives us insights into her daily work and reveals her most exciting IT project at ALDI SOUTH so far.

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Diversity Week at ALDI SOUTH: Everyone makes a real difference

At ALDI SOUTH, we see diversity as a strength and firmly believe that it is a key driver behind our success. We value the individuality of our colleagues and are convinced that diversity promotes innovation, commitment and the retention of talent. As we believe this topic is so important, we organise a “Diversity Week” once a year. This year’s event took place end of May. We celebrated diversity at ALDI SOUTH with a variety of activities, making it clear that we want to create an inclusive culture for all.

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“I am building a product that will ultimately be used by millions of people.”

Agilist Product Owner Roland ALDI SÜD

Roland has been working as a Product Owner in our team for 1.5 years. What he enjoys most is working on a product he can relate to. In our interview, he said: “In the grand scheme of things, I am ultimately selling fruit and vegetables online, and I think that’s great.”

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From Lisbon to Linz, from Rome to Rotterdam: remote work abroad @ ALDI SOUTH IT

Since the start of 2023, our employees have the opportunity to work in selected countries other than Germany. So they can spend, for example, a few more days by the beach in summer or Christmas in the snow.

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Solution Architect Vishal on marketing automation with Adobe Campaign at ALDI SOUTH

Solution Architect Vishal im Gespräch mit Kolleginnen.

Find out how Solution Architect Vishal and his team use marketing automation with Adobe Campaign to offer an optimum user experience.

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Data is in our DNA: the ALDI SOUTH universe now has its own Data & Analytics unit

Unsere eigene Data & Analytics Unit im ALDI SÜD Kosmos.

To reflect the vital role played by data analytics at ALDI SOUTH and to increase awareness of the importance of data in our group of companies, we have set up our own organisational unit. Our mission is to drive forward the topic of data and analytics for the ALDI SOUTH Group and along our value chain.

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Your career opportunities at ALDI SOUTH IT

Deine Karrieremöglichkeiten in der ALDI SÜD IT

Many people know ALDI SOUTH as a retailer. Yet not so many people know that we also operate internationally and maintain a corresponding IT landscape. And this is exactly where your opportunity lies: take a look at our three career tracks, find the right one for you and work together with over 2,600 IT colleagues to shape the shopping experience of tomorrow!

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ITCS Pizzatime Podcast: Data & Analytics @ ALDI SOUTH

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Dive into the world of Data & Analytics @ ALDI SOUTH in the ITCS Pizzatime Podcast and get an insight "behind the scenes".

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Occupational Health Management (OHM) – Health and wellness at ALDI SOUTH IT

Betriebliches Gesundheitsmanagement bei ALDI SÜD IT

We have launched our occupational health management programme to offer our employees tangible, measurable and holistic measures to support good health.

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Dual IT work/study programme at ALDI SOUTH – about Wladi's experiences

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Combining important theoretical knowledge in your studies with practical professional experience - the combination of theory and practice is very much appreciated by dual students like Wladi.

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Group Director in her early 30s: an inspiring leadership career in IT

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Julia Kassis began her career in the ALDI SOUTH stores in and around Geisenfeld. Today, in her role as Group Director in the Stores business unit, she is responsible for further global development of IT solutions.

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Why IT stands for “Inclusion“ and empowering diverse “Talent“ - not only for “Information Technology”

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Employers have increasingly started to incorporate D&I strategies into their organisations including many IT companies - and so does ALDI SOUTH IT. Read more and learn what is in for you.

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How ALDI SOUTH identifies tomorrow’s trends with start-ups

Information technology is not static, but undergoing constant change. At ALDI SOUTH IT, the Strategy & Innovation department is responsible for recognising innovations and their practical value. 

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Working at ALDI SOUTH IT: flat hierarchies and international flair

Hardly any other group of companies is currently revising its IT landscape to the same extent as the ALDI SOUTH Group. As our SAP Ariba expert Matthias reports, this does not scare off the employees 

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Expat at ALDI SOUTH: from Chicago to Mülheim an der Ruhr

ALDI SOUTH is also growing in the USA. It receives the required IT support from Mülheim an der Ruhr, a business location where many expats are based. One of them is Rob from ALDI US. 

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How ALDI SOUTH IT is approaching digital transformation in the retail industry

Modern information technology is everywhere nowadays, and it’s no different in the retail industry. Only those who recognise this potential can grow in the long term – and give their customers a unique experience. 

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Shop around the clock: ALDI SOUTH IT ensures a smooth online shopping experience

Alexander is a Senior IT Consultant responsible for DevOps tasks. To provide customers with a reliable shopping experience, he brings together Development (Dev) and Operations (Ops). 

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How digital HR will improve the employee experience

Digital transformation also presents new challenges in the area of Human Resources. Job application processes, for example, are much different today compared to previously and are becoming more efficient. Processes are also being enhanced in other areas of HR. 

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Juggling projects – in the office, from home and worldwide

Working at ALDI SOUTH IT is anything but monotonous. Meetings alternate with mobile working, and project work in Mülheim a. d. Ruhr with exciting business trips – Alexander talks about his everyday work.

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Modern e-commerce solutions for our customers

Customer-oriented online platforms are increasingly becoming a differentiating competitive factor in the retail industry – also for ALDI SOUTH. In order to ensure optimised support of the area of e-commerce in the future, we have decided to use the software solution SAP Commerce.  

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Dual study programme at ALDI SOUTH – between job and lecture hall

Qualified employees are a valuable asset. That is why ALDI SOUTH is cooperating with Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences (HRW) in Mülheim an der Ruhr. Niclas is the first student to complete a dual study programme and work for our International IT department as part of this cooperation. 

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Making customer needs tangible with Lego

Rethinking work – at ALDI SOUTH IT, we break away from old habits and try to master tasks using new approaches. Want some examples? Here they are... 

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Why SAP software and strawberry yoghurt are the perfect fit

The retail industry is seeing rapid change. A key element of this change is a modern IT architecture that is fit for the future – something ALDI SOUTH has found at SAP. 

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Parental leave and the Euro – ALDI SOUTH IT is a great place to experience

Over 20 years with ALDI SOUTH IT – an employer could hardly receive a better compliment. Daniela started out in the “electronic data processing” team in the 90s and remembers how her journey began. 

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Within Change Management the pictures learn to walk

ALDI SOUTH is subject to a process of constant innovation. The Change Management team uses videos, among other things, to ensure that employees are always up to date. 

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ALDI SOUTH ACADEMY: Your companion for personal and professional development

Learning new skills, brushing up on old knowledge – implementing important aspects in private and professional lives. This is why ALDI SOUTH provides additional training to all of its employees in order to accompany them from the very beginning of their individual development path.  

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New on board at ALDI SOUTH IT: “I’ve never encountered a standstill here”

Anyone who applies to ALDI SOUTH IT goes through an efficient application process, which both sides benefit from. Stefan talks about his first few weeks at ALDI SOUTH IT. 

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A new digital touchpoint for our customers all over the world

The ALDI SOUTH websites must run smoothly. For this purpose, we use Adobe Experience Manager AEM as a blueprint for global communication.  

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“Processes are the DNA of our business”

Many companies fail when it comes to process documentation. At ALDI SOUTH IT, it is a strategic element of digital change across all business areas, Jennifer explains. 

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Using SAP Ariba, ALDI SOUTH is breaking new ground at Corporate Buying

Transparency, efficiency and standardised processes are the be-all and end-all of a globally operating company such as ALDI SOUTH. SAP Ariba plays a central role in achieving this.

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New ALDI regional corporate office in Italy – not only la dolce vita for IT

ALDI SOUTH is a global player: About 90 regional corporate offices are managing more than 6,980 stores in eleven countries and counting. A new one has now been added in Italy, which also poses a challenge for IT. 

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Searching for global and sustainable software solutions

AT ALDI SOUTH, it must be possible to use software solutions worldwide. Oguzhan from the area of Architecture & Integration is trying to achieve this. 

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Simple but smart – our philosophy for simplifying business processes

There are many things a modern system landscape should be – and one of them is not being overloaded. This is why we have SAP S/4HANA at the core of our operating system at ALDI SOUTH IT. It’s an investment with added value – for our colleagues and customers alike. 

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“You can clear your head – while doing something for the environment”

ALDI SOUTH offers its employees a bicycle leasing model. More and more cycling enthusiasts are opting for this environmentally friendly means of getting to the office. So does Dave, Managing Director International IT, who is taking full advantage of this offer. 

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DoIT: Creating consistent processes for ALDI IT worldwide

As Manager of the “DoIT” project, Vincent is responsible for the rollout of new standardised IT processes and tools. Read on to find out what's behind it all. 

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Say goodbye to decentralised process information – Signavio makes it possible

The more processes a company uses, the more important it is to document them transparently. Signavio provides a comprehensible overview of the digital process landscape. 

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Application Portfolio Management: Here applications are put through their paces

Hardly any other area at ALDI SOUTH IT is currently undergoing as much change as the application landscape. New things come, old things go – or are checked for options of further use.

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SAP Commerce: 13 nations working on one platform

Creating a standardised template for new online shops and e-commerce solutions is a challenge. Pascal from the Customer Touch Point Platform department tells us what this is all about. 

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“It’s not necessary to attend each and every meeting”

Part-time or full-time – this is a question that many employees face, especially after the birth of a child. Ulrike from our International IT department has opted for a part-time model, which also works for managerial positions. 

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The birth of ALDI SOUTH IT

In 1968, the digital age at ALDI SOUTH begins with the acquisition of the first IBM mainframe computer. It was an eventful year for the company in many respects, followed by several milestones.  

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