Asda brings one-hour delivery service to Cambs stores – but with a cat…

After trials in Halifax, Rotheram, Walsall, and St Matthews were incredibly successful, Asda has decided to extend its one-hour express delivery to 96 new stores, including a number in Cambridgeshire.

However, the cost of delivery will be £8.50 in spite of of how many items have been ordered.

If customers live within a three-mile radius of the store, they will be able to view products online and order up to 70 items, as reported by HullLive.

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The supermarket giant has been expanding over the past year, including expanding its partnership with Uber Eats to over 300 stores.

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If the latest stage of the rollout is successful, bosses hope to expand it further.

Simon Gregg, Asda’s vice president of online grocery, said: “We are rolling out our express delivery service to almost 100 stores after a trial showed there was a clear gap in the market for a speedy delivery service offering our complete online product range for delivery within one hour.

“As the only grocer to offer this service, we have seen a meaningful number of customers access this option, with slots regularly selling out at our pilot stores.”

He also pointed out that Asda recently announced a partnership with the tech firm Wayve to test driverless vans.

Rivals including Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s already offer one-hour – or faster – delivery sets by Deliveroo, Uber Eats, Amazon and other providers – although none offer a complete range of products.

Most UK supermarkets are looking into ways in which they can get groceries to customers more quickly.

Tesco, which had before not offered a rapid delivery service, launched its own trial, called Whoosh, in Wolverhampton and has plans to expand it.

Sainsbury’s also operates its own service, called Chop Chop, which it expanded to 50 stores in 20 cities last year.

Waitrose announced plans to shut down its own rapid delivery service, which it launched in 2018, saying it would instead focus on expanding its partnership with Deliveroo.

Morrisons offers same-day rapid deliveries as part of its tie-up with Amazon, which also offers customers its own Amazon Fresh products.

Other delivery firms in the grocery market include Gorillas, Getir, and Fink, which have all raised meaningful sums of money from investors looking to cash in on the growing industry.

The complete list of Asda stores offering the service:

  • Halifax
  • Rotherham
  • Thornaby
  • St Matthews (Walsall)
  • Poole
  • Sheffield Drakehouse
  • Castlepoint Supercentre
  • Leicester
  • Middlesbrough
  • Crawley
  • Accrington
  • Caerphilly
  • Dunfermline
  • Abbey Park
  • Keighley
  • Hull Bilton
  • Portadown
  • Straiton
  • Huddersfield
  • Barry
  • Doncaster
  • Havant Supercentre
  • Boldon Supercentre
  • Oadby
  • Crewe
  • Leicester Abbey Road
  • Hartlepool
  • Chesser
  • Leith
  • Wolverhampton
  • Lower Earley
  • Horwich
  • Ferring
  • Bournemouth
  • Small Heath
  • Sheffield Supercentre
  • Cambridge
  • Cumbernauld
  • Gosport
  • Gateshead Supercentre
  • Cardiff Bay
  • Waterlooville Supercentre
  • Queslett
  • Blyth
  • Swansea
  • Portlethen
  • Corby
  • Washington
  • Tunstall
  • Tipton
  • Sunderland
  • Fareham
  • Benton
  • Cardiff Supercentre
  • Dumbarton
  • Wisbech
  • Antrim
  • Coventry Supercentre
  • Rawtenstall
  • Southampton
  • Bishop Auckland
  • Aberdare
  • Far Cotton
  • Newport
  • Nuneaton
  • Brierley Hill
  • Bloxwich
  • Eastleigh Supercentre
  • Pentwyn
  • Redditch
  • Boston
  • Chaucer Road Sheffield
  • Stockton
  • Kirkcaldy
  • Kingswood
  • Queensferry Supercentre
  • Fleetwood
  • Gosforth
  • Great Bridge Supercentre
  • Thurmaston
  • Dudley
  • Minworth Supercentre
  • Chelmsley Wood
  • South Shields
  • Wolstanton
  • Hull Hessle Road
  • Bridge of Dee Supercentre
  • Sinfin
  • Old Kent Road
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Bristol Whitchurch
  • Longwell Green
  • Patchway
  • Bristol Filton
  • Bedminster
  • Morley

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