ALDI shoppers will soon be able to order food online and pick it up directly from store carparks under a new trial.
The discounter is currently testing a click and collect service for the first time at one store in the Midlands for Aldi staff.
It then plans to extend the trial to shoppers in the coming weeks, and if successful the initiative could be rolled out to more stores.
Under the scheme, shoppers will be able to order Aldi’s full in-store range online where they will be offered time slots to arrive at dedicated click and collect points in store car parks where they can pick up their shopping.
Orders will be picked and packed by Aldi staff ready for customer collection.
Aldi is yet to reveal which store in the Midlands is currently taking part though, or which additional stores the scheme will be rolled out to first.
How much supermarkets charge for click and collect delivery
HERE’S how much the major supermarkets charge for click and collect grocery deliveries:
- Asda: Click and collect is free for next day or later deliveries. But you must spend at least £25, if not there’s a £4 charge.
- Morrisons: Click and collect is free all day Monday to Thursday, from 12pm to 4pm on Fridays and Sundays, and from 2pm to 4pm on Saturdays. Outside these hours it costs £1 but only 14 stores currently offer this service.
- Sainsbury’s: Click and collect is free for next day or later deliveries. But you must spend at least £40, if not there’s a £4 charge.
- Tesco: Click and collect costs £1.50 if you spend at least £25, if not you’ll be charged an extra £4 on top.
Currently, you can only click and collect Aldi’s Specialbuys range of non-food items, or its booze collection, which costs £2.95 to pick up from your local “CollectPlus” store or location.
Aldi is yet to confirm how much its new click and collect food delivery service will cost, if there’s a minimum spend, or if shoppers will pay for plastic bags on top.
But Aldi did tell us the delivery fee may vary according to the day and time selected.
Most supermarkets charge more for deliveries or collections at peak times, such as evenings or weekends.
They also typically set minimum order thresholds, under which you either can’t get food delivered or it costs more – see the table above for more on this.
It’s also unclear how shoppers currently fill up their baskets as there’s no obvious area on Aldi’s website to carry out online shops at present.
Aldi does, however, currently have a home delivery service in partnership with Deliveroo.
How to cut the cost of your grocery shop
SAVING on your shop can make a big difference to your wallet. Here are some tips from comparison site Money.co.uk about how you can cut the cost of your shopping bills:
- Write yourself a list – Only buy items that you need. If it isn’t on your list, don’t put it in the trolley
- Create a budget – Work out a weekly budget for your food shopping
- Never shop hungry – you are far more likely to buy more food if your tummy is rumbling
- Don’t buy pre-chopped veggies or fruit – The extra they’ll charge for chopping can be eye watering
- Use social media – follow your favourite retailers to find out about the latest deals
- Be disloyal – You may want to go to different stores to find the best bargains
- Check the small print – It’s always worth checking the price per kg/lb/litre when comparing offers so you’re making a like for like decision as a bigger box won’t necessarily mean you get more
- Use your loyalty cards – Don’t be afraid to sign up to them all. They all work slightly differently – work out what bonus suits you better and remember to trade in your points for additional rewards
Here, it’s trialling a 30-minute delivery service across 300 Aldi products in Cambridge, the East Midlands, London, and Greater Manchester.
Delivery for this service costs £4.99 per order and you’ll need to place an order of at least £15.
Earlier this year, Aldi also sold food parcels online to help vulnerable and self-isolating customers during the coronavirus lockdown.
Parcels cost £24.99 initially, although this was later slashed to £20. They contained essential products including tinned soup, rice and pasta, which were delivered by courier across the UK.
Aldi has 894 stores and more than 36,000 employees. Use its store locator tool to find your nearest.
Giles Hurley, chief executive officer, 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.”