Aldi: Supermarket launches click and collect service for customers to shop with ease
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Aldi is trialling a click and collect service for customers to help them shop online with ease and have groceries delivered straight to their car. At the start of the pandemic, the German retailer teamed up with Deliveroo to help customers get food deliveries within 30 minutes straight to their door. It comes amid a surge in demand for online grocery orders following the coronavirus crisis.
The budget retailer is currently running a trial at one branch in the Midlands where customers can place orders online before collecting from a store.
However, the scheme is said to extend to more stores within weeks to help customers shop easier.Aldi said the trial has seen staff taking part in the trial, in line with social distancing rules.
Customers can choose from a full range of grocery items online and then drive to their local store where they can pick up their shopping completely contact free.
Those who use the new service will be offered specific time slots to arrive at dedicated click and collect points in Aldi car parks where they can pick up their shopping.
Whilst click and collect services are not new and have been around for many years, this is the first time Aldi is rolling out a service like this.
Aldi has been expanding ways to shop since the pandemic since their grocery items and Specialbuys were only ever available in-store.
Customers can currently only click and collect Aldi’s Specialbuys range of non-food items which costs £2.95 to pick up from your local ‘CollectPlus’ location.
Most supermarkets offer free click and collect services with a minimum spend but it is unsure how much Aldi’s service will cost.
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This is because Specialbuys are sometimes online exclusives as well as being big items like furniture that are not stocked in-store.
The discount supermarket is trialling a delivery service across stores in London, Cambridge, East Midlands and Greater Manchester in partnership with app Deliveroo.
It sees customers being able to choose from a range of more than 300 items and having them delivered to their front door in as little as 30 minutes.
Giles Hurley, Chief Executive Offer, Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “We know that more and more people want to access the high-quality, affordable food they know they can get at Aldi.
“This is yet another way we are innovating to make sure we best serve our existing customers and make Aldi’s great products and unbeatable prices available to even more people.”
Last month, Aldi was announced as the UK’s cheapest supermarket for a trolley of grocery items.
Which? compared prices across Aldi and Lidl as well as supermarket giants like Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s.
Savvy shoppers who want to get their money’s worth in their next weekly shop should head to Aldi for the best bargains.
Their research shows that German retailer Aldi was the cheapest overall.
There was a huge difference between the cheapest supermarket where customers would have paid £66.45 at Aldi and a whopping £38 more at upmarket Waitrose.
The comparison included own-branded groceries as well as branded items such as Kenco Millicano coffee and Twinings English breakfast tea.
This is the second month in a row that Aldi has been named as the cheapest UK supermarket.
Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi said: “We know that this is a difficult time for many and so we are incredibly proud to have maintained our position as the UK’s cheapest supermarket. We remain wholly committed to continuing to provide our customers with the best value products of any supermarket.”
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