UK retailer Sainsbury’s, which owns the general merchandise retailer Argos, has announced plans to roll out click and collect points at 100 convenience stores ahead of the forthcoming Christmas trading period, according to media reports.
The move is part of an investment that will see up to 2,000 click and collect points placed in Sainsbury’s stores over the coming years, according to chief executive Mike Coupe.
Points of Presence
“We would argue very strongly that with the 2,000 points of presence, the great Argos digital capability and the supply chain that backs that up – and the fact that those businesses have access to 27 million customers a week – it gives us a reasonably powerful combination to compete in the future,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Express.
The launch is also being seen as a means for Sainsbury’s and Argos to insulate themselves against the growing presence of Amazon in the UK market.
Shoppers using the tool can pick up Argos and Tu clothing products at their local convenience store, following an order placed online.
“Over time you can imagine there might be different kinds of arrangements, with local community stores for instance as drop off points,” Coupe added.
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