Monday marked the beginning of the end for many of us in England and Wales. Crowds surged to high streets, shopping centres and hospitality venues in a mass spending spree fuelled by £180bn of lockdown savings put aside by British consumers who have gone without their regular splurges for nearly fourteen months. Some shoppers began queueing at 7 am for retail titan Primark, who haven’t welcomed shoppers in four months due to their lack of eCommerce site. However, footfall was still 16.2% lower than the level seen on a comparable day in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic, which seems to solidify the changes in consumer habits.
DPD and ASOS collab
DPD and ASOS have announced a new initiative, ReLove, that will see DPD collect pre-loved clothing from ASOS customers’ doorsteps, then deliver them to one of five leading UK charities. The free of charge scheme was launched yesterday, April 15th, to coincide with the reopening of charity shops in England and Wales. ASOS customers already expecting a delivery from the career service will be able to use the YourDPD app to select the option of donating their pre-loved clothing to one of the following: Scope, Marie Curie, British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross or The Children’s Society.
Sainsbury’s strikes deal with Deliveroo and Uber Eats
Supermarket giant Sainsburys has signed a two-year deal with delivery titans Deliveroo and Uber Eats in a bid to deliver much-needed groceries across the population. The chain of grocery stores now serves 30% of the population. Users of the delivery service have the choice of 1000 food items and need only wait a mere 20 minutes before their goods are delivered to their door – ideal for last-minute BBQ goodies!
Sainsbury’s director of eCommerce Nigel Blunt said “working with Deliveroo has helped us offer home grocery deliveries to even more customers, bringing them a super-fast service. We know how much Sainsbury’s customers value being able to shop for food as quickly and conveniently as possible, and we’re delighted to be able to expand this service further.”
Over this year, Deliveroo aims to expand into around 100 towns and cities to reach approximately 4 million more customers.
eBay simplifies its postal message
eBay have retired their ‘free n fast’ message that shows the above listings, and have replaced it with 1, 2 or 3-day ETAs in what they are calling a Simplified Postage Message. Using this new message buyers will see delivery times, from the next day to 3 business days. Listings showing the Fast & Free logo will be automatically updated to the new postage design, so sellers don’t have to make any changes themselves. Being able to scan a list of search results and pick a product that will arrive the next working day is a step in the right direction for a more accessible delivery process for both buyers and sellers. Of course, the counter side is that users will have to pay additional fees for their goods to arrive swiftly.
If you’re heading out this weekend to enjoy some outdoor hospitality or shopping, have a great time! We’ll see you next week for more.