ALDI has removed a key service from dozens of its stores – and shoppers won’t be pleased.
The discount company is pulling the plug on its click and collect service at 12 of its supermarkets.
It comes after The Sun revealed that customers will not be able to buy cheap boxes of wine or order Specialbuys door-to-door as of July 10.
A spokesperson for Aldi said it has paused clicking and collecting at these stores due to low demand from shoppers.
Online grocery sales boomed during the pandemic shutdown with online market size doubling to 15%.
But when shoppers returned to the store, the share of the online market fell to 12%, according to Kantar figures.
An Aldi spokesperson said shoppers in the affected areas have been contacted about the change.
Aldi currently has around 200 stores offering click and collect services.
You can find the nearest branch using Aldi’s store locator and a pick-up point for £4.99.
Once you’ve chosen when you want your pickup to arrive, simply shop online and show up when the time is right.
In December, Giles Hurley, chief executive officer of Aldi, told The Sun to “watch this space” for plans to roll out more clicks and collects.
Stores no longer offer the following click and collect feature, according to What?:
- Aylesbury Road – Rimmington Road
- Brighton Road – Lewes
- Burton on Trent – Horninglow Street
- Coventry – Shultern . Alley
- Crawley – The Betts . Way
- Chelmsford – RP Westway Clock Tower
- Gillingham Road – Ambley Road
- Kidbrooke – Kidbrooke . Park Road
- Kidderminster – Silverwoods Road
- Maidstone – Langley Park Center
- Oldbury Road – Wolverhampton
- Reading – London Road
The rollback comes after Aldi ended its relationship with Deliveroo, which used to deliver food to your doorstep within 30 minutes in some areas.
At the time, Aldi said home delivery had never been part of the company’s long-term business model, preferring instead a click-and-take service.
How can I save money on my Aldi store?
If you’re a regular Aldi customer, you’ll want to apply some money-saving tips to cut your bills.
Of course, the discount grocery store is famous for its middle aisle, where shoppers can pick up everything from garden furniture and exercise equipment to kitchenware and clothing.
To get the best deals, you need to know when Specialbuy items will go on sale.
You can find new stock in Aldi’s middle aisle on Thursdays and Sundays, so you’ll have a pick if you visit the store at that time.
But every two weeks, Aldi also selects six of his favorites to offer buyers fruit and vegetables at low prices.
Prices have not changed for two weeks from when the offer went into effect, so you can literally withdraw at any time – although what’s on offer will change every two weeks.
But if you want to be sure to get the best, there’s no harm in going to the store earlier in the week to pick up the freshest items.
Yellow stickers are the key to store success for most customers, and Aldi also has its own labeled low-priced version.
Instead, Aldi shoppers should pay attention to the red sticker on the product.
Workers often wear them to show that something is depreciating in value, possibly because the packaging is damaged or near the end of its life.
You can often save up to 75% on products marked this way in Aldi, so you should keep an eye on the store.
And remember, you should write a list before going to the nearest branch.
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