Asda and Sainsbury’s are making big changes to their online grocery services this festive season.
The chains are just two of the supermarkets that are facing huge demand for delivery slots.
As lockdown grips the country and restrictions are expected to continue in December, more customers are turning to online shopping.
Some stores have changed their prices this year – but customers can still keep costs down.
Asda’s home delivery will cost customers more, depending on the day, time and store, The Express reported.
Some shoppers will have to fork out an extra £1 for the most expensive slot, raising the price from £6 to £7.
And vulnerable customers will now have to pay for delivery, which will set them back £3 for orders under £40.
The supermarket has also cut recurring delivery slots between December 19 and January 2.
Those slots are usually available for regular shoppers who are able to book a delivery for the same time each day of the week, but now these slots will be available for all customers.
Customers can save money on their food delivery by searching for a less popular time to get the goods delivered.
This is usually mid-week and tends to be in the evening but this does vary between stores.
Customers could also turn to click and collect, which usually only costs a small fee.
Shoppers looking for Christmas slots can now book times on Asda’s website.
Their website says: “You need to book a Christmas slot at a time to suit you between 21st and 23rd December to be able to shop our food to order range.”
Royal Mail delivery scam warning as expert urges customers to beware
Meanwhile at Sainsbury’s the supermarket is gradually rolling out changes to its delivery service.
The cost of some one-hour slots is rising, while others are getting cheaper.
Delivery prices depend on the day, time and size of the food order.
Customers will need to check with their local branch to see the delivery cost.
Orders under £40 will still cost £7 to be delivered, while orders over £100 which are booked for during the week after 2pm will continue to still be free.
The supermarket's minimum order cost remains at £25.
If customers are flexible, they will find that the cost of delivery will become cheaper, with some four-hour slots available for just £1.
Customers could save money by choosing the click and collect option too.
Customers wanting delivery slots close to Christmas can pick from times on December 20, 21, 22 and 23.
Delivery is closed between December 24 and Boxing day.
Source: Read Full Article