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Sunday, 31 May 2020

It's probably easier in London - appearance of delivery slots on supermarkets' websites

I wrote a blog post last week (you're welcome to republish it, or strip it for parts) for people who preferred to stay at home but who didn't fall into the Priority List on supermarkets. Basically people who want deliveries but will struggle to get them.

Deliveroo and UberEats don't just deliver cooked takeaway meals, they will also bring groceries from convenience stores and Deliveroo in particular will bring a range of groceries from Co-op and M&S. There are also lots of local shops offering home deliveries, plenty of food box schemes from local or national suppliers and even the supermarkets themselves are now offering additional food boxes over and above their regular 'pick your own trolley contents' deliveries. With these boxes you don't get to choose the contents but you can more easily get hold of one as they're not subject to the same delivery slot restrictions.

Supermarket slots and Deliveroo type things are even rarer in rural areas and the solutions there have included pubs opening up their spaces to sell groceries (some do deliveries), and other local delivery options.

In all cases the very vulnerable can register with the Government to get a free food box delivered, and local Covid Mutual Aid groups are offering additional support in terms of fetching shopping (and prescriptions). All info in this post.

I've been keeping an eye though on supermarket delivery slots and their appearance / disappearance from the point of view of someone living in London (SE3, Blackheath). Since I've been testing them I've never experienced a point where I wouldn't have been able to get a slot with at least one supermarket. Below is the date and time I tested them and what was available for each supermarket.

Friday 22 May - Midday
Asda - no
Iceland - slots available early evening and late evening on Sat 23rd
Morrisons - no
Ocado - can't get on website
Sainsbury's - no
Waitrose - no
Tesco - several evening slots on Fri and Sat, afternoon and evening slots on Sun

Friday 22 May - 7.30pm

Asda - no
Iceland - several slots for Sun 24th and Mon 25th
Morrisons - no
Ocado - can't get on website
Sainsbury's - several on Mon 25th May
Tesco - evening slots on Sat 30th and Sun 31st
Waitrose - no

Saturday 23 May - 9.30pm
Asda - no
Iceland - several slots for Sunday
Morrisons - no
Ocado - can't get on website
Sainsbury's - no
Tesco - no
Waitrose - no

Sunday 24 May - 11.30am
Asda - no
Co-op - several available (M, T, W, Th)
Iceland - several on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th available
Morrisons - no
Ocado - can't get on website
Sainsbury's - Tuesdays and Wednesdays, limited time in morning / evening
Tesco - Friday morning, Sun 31st
Waitrose - no

Sunday 24 May - 3pm
Asda - no
Co-op - several available (M, T, W, Th)
Iceland - several on Mon 25th and Tue 26th
Morrisons - no
Ocado - can't get on website
Sainsbury's - one on Tuesday
Tesco - no
Waitrose - no

Monday 25 May - 3pm
Asda - no
Co-op - Mon evening and all day Tue - Friday
Iceland - plenty Tues and Wed, none rest of week
Morrisons - no
Ocado - can't get on website
Sainsbury's - several for Tuesday, couple for Wednesday
Tesco - several for 11, 12, 13 and 14 June
Waitrose - no

Thu 28 May - 1am
Asda - Thu 11 Jun
Co-op - Thu - Mon
Iceland - Thu
Morrisons - no
Ocado - can't get on website
Sainsbury's - Fri morn and Sun afternoon
Tesco - no
Waitrose - Tue 2nd June 10-11am

Sat 30 May - 1am
Asda - Sat 13 June afternoon
Co-op - plenty until Wed 3 June
Iceland - Sunday 31 May - several
Morrisons - no
Ocado - can't get on website
Sainsbury's - 31 May and 2 June
Tesco - no
Waitrose - no

Sunday 31 May - 13:30
Asda - lots on Sun 14th June
Co-op - plenty of slots until Thur 4 June
Iceland - Monday 1st June - several, all day 2nd June
Morrisons - no
Ocado - can't get on website
Sainsbury's - a few on Mon 1st June and Wed 3 June
Tesco - no
Waitrose - no




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