Making life that little bit easier for those who are self-isolating or just can’t stand food shopping at the moment – long queues, one-way systems and bare shelves all make it a less than desirable task – Aldi is trialling an on-demand grocery home delivery service in partnership with Deliveroo.
The budget supermarket has begun the trial from today, operating a speedy delivery service from its Daleside Road store in Nottingham, with plans to extend the trial to seven more shops in the East Midlands area in June – and if successful, the service could roll out to several more Aldi stores across the country by the end of the year.
Those lucky enough to be within the catchment will be able to shop from over 150 Aldi products through the Deliveroo app and have them dropped on the doorstep in just 30 minutes. The experiment is beginning by offering a range of essential items, such as bread, milk and fresh produce, so you unfortunately won’t be able to browse a virtual Specialbuys aisle just yet.
However, for a £4.99 delivery charge this could be a lifeline for people who can’t or find it difficult to get to the shops right now – and Deliveroo are practicing contactless delivery so customers can rest assured that the delivery is as safe as can be.
This follows Aldi’s other recent new ventures such as its wine delivery service and food parcels, which contain 22 long-life items such as tinned soup, rice, pasta, tea, coffee and long-life milk, and cost £23.99. The boxes were launched to help vulnerable customers get the food items they need, but this new partnership with Deliveroo will vastly improve on the speed with which people can expect their deliveries, and with a wider variety of choice, of course.
Aldi aren’t the first supermarket to make this move; M&S, Co-op and Morrisons have already teamed up with the Deliveroo to get essential items to shoppers at home fast, while Uber Eats are also working with a number of local convenience stores up and down the country to deliver food items just as quickly.