- Many supermarkets have already opened Christmas food delivery slots
- There has been an exceptionally high demand for the time released
- Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Okado, M&S and Tesco Tell Us When They’ll Be Available
Buyers are already booking Christmas food delivery slots, with supermarkets that have opened spaces seeing exceptionally high demand.
Many customers are worried about getting deliveries on time for the festive season, as some food items may be in short supply due to the shortage of lorry drivers.
As a result, many are planning Christmas shopping much earlier than usual, with major supermarkets like Okado and Waitrose already saying they have limited slots left.
Consumers are booking their Christmas food delivery slots months in advance
Andrew Opie, director of food and sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, said: ‘Currently, the biggest threat to Christmas is the lack of HGV drivers, who play an essential role in moving food and other goods to stores, from farms/factories to warehouses. perform. .
‘With the UK short of around 90,000 drivers, the creation of 5,000 visas by the government to mitigate the problem would barely scratch the surface.’
He adds: ‘Supermarkets alone require at least 15,000 HGV drivers for their businesses to operate at full capacity before Christmas and avoid disruption or availability issues.
“The government must rapidly expand its visa scheme in both size and scope for HGV drivers across all sectors of the retail industry.
‘Without any action, millions of families across the country are facing disruption this Christmas.’
This Money spoke to supermarkets to see which ones have already made slots available, how much demand they’ve seen, and when more places are coming online.
Sainsbury’s has not released its Christmas slots yet, but has advised customers to check their groceries online site for details coming soon.
Like some other retailers, it offers a special delivery pass to the customers which means they can get priority booking. It costs from £10 for three months.
It also has a click-and-collect service, and it’s free if you spend at least £40 – or £4 if you spend less.
Waitrose Christmas delivery slots are available to book now, and are already seeing strong demand.
The Christmas slots are from December 20 to 24, while the slots on and before December 19 will be issued in the usual manner.
If customers are choosing items from the grocer’s ‘Recreational’ category, which offers ready-made party food, there’s also an option to choose the ‘Recreational Collection’ slot.
These are different from the regular grocery collection slots and are exclusively for its delectable range of products.
A Waitrose spokesperson said: ‘Throughout this partnership, we are doing everything we can to make Christmas special for our customers.
“We are working closely with our suppliers and we are confident that we will have a great range of products to provide our customers with everything they need during the festive season.
‘Christmas food and drink are coming to our stores from this week and into Christmas.’
Customers with priority delivery services can often book their Christmas slots in advance.
okado Told that the availability of money for its slots was extremely limited, and added that the demand for delivery was much faster with slots selling out much faster than last year.
It said there may be some additional slots available when buyers finalize or cancel their plans, so bookers may get lucky if they keep checking the website.
During this, Marks & Spencer said that its Christmas slots are now open for customers to order everything they need for their festivals.
They have to pick up their order from their nearest M&S store between 22nd to 24th December.
It said it is confident it will have a full supply of turkey and other fresh produce this Christmas because of its “deep and long partnership with M&S Select Farms and suppliers”.
Tesco The Christmas delivery slot will first go live for its Delivery Saver customers on Tuesday, November 16 at 6 AM.
Delivery Saver membership costs £7.99 per month, and you get unlimited deliveries that are free for orders over £40, with slots booked up to four weeks in advance.
For non-Delivery Saver customers, slots open on Tuesday, November 23 at 6am.
It said it had good availability, with deliveries every day at its stores and distribution centers across the UK.
It added that HGV’s industry-wide shortage of drivers has led to some delivery challenges, but is working hard to address these and plan for the coming months to ensure customers get everything they need .
As part of its elaborate Christmas plan, Tesco said it has also opened up “extra capacity” in its distribution network, so it has additional room for stock.
Morrison Little did it reveal that it will confirm the details of its distribution slots in due course.
asda It also said it has yet to release its delivery slots and has not advised when it might do so.
Several customers have taken to social media to say that they have already booked their Christmas delivery slot, or to vent their disappointment when they have been unable to grab one.
Some people are saying that it is not possible to make a booking even after logging on to the supermarket website as soon as the slot becomes available.
Others who don’t usually book their slots in advance are doing so this year, just in case.
This Ocado Smart Pass customer said there were no Christmas slots available when he looked
A Waitrose consumer said that he could not find any Christmas delivery slots available online
Customers who don’t usually shop for their Christmas items in advance are doing so this year
Although an Ocado customer could not get the slot, he…