Saturday, September 13, 2014

Non-Traditional Points of Fresh Food Distribution Flourishing

Visiting the United Kingdom and London is a treat.  Riding the London’s underground transportation system the Tube is one of the best ways to get around the city.  However what most visitors don’t know is that 10 months ago buying groceries and picking them up a service called Click and Collect has become a hit.
Tube’s click and collect grocery service reports that 10,000 orders have now been placed and collected. Yes, passengers riding the Tube have placed 10,000 orders for online groceries in the first 10 months since London Underground introduced click and collect services. Non-traditional points of distribution are growing.
The online grocer Ocado today said it would begin offering click and collect at four Tube stations from next week and will be the first to install refrigerated lockers in three station car parks so passengers can collect their orders on their way home.

As the retail revolution gathers pace, Tesco, the largest online supermarket on the Tube, will offer click and collect at eight more stations, taking their total to 14. To date 42 stations on  London’s Underground network now offer click and collect services with Asda and Sainsbury also signed up.
Graeme Craig, Transport for London’s director of commercial development, said: “Our click and collect partnership with the retailers has been a tremendous success, and we are delighted to be expanding. Where do you sell fresh food?

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