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Tesco And Waitrose To Launch Click & Collect In London Tube Stations

Published on Jan 30 2014 3:13 PM in Retail

Tesco And Waitrose To Launch Click & Collect In London Tube Stations

Two of the UK's leading supermarkets look set to open click and collect services in Tube Stations in London.

Waitrose and Tesco are reportedly finalising details with Transport for London (TfL) and hope the service will be available in the coming months. 

It follows on after Asda's recent trial in the London underground was heralded as a success. The click and collect service enables customers to place orders online and collect them from stations or station car parks.

Tesco and Waitrose will trial the scheme for an initial period of six months.

Waitrose said it is looking to install collection lockers in selected Tube stations, though no information has emerged about which stations they might be. Tesco plans to provide collection points at Osterley, Newbury Park, Rayners Lane, Finchley Central, Arnos Grove and Cockfosters.

“There is a fantastic opportunity for us to work with commercial partners to deliver products and services that our customers want, and as a result also grow revenues that we then reinvest in improving the transport network,” said Mike Brown, managing director of London Underground.

TfL said the partnership is part of its wider commercial strategy to help drive its income to £3.5bn over the coming years.

ASDA rolled out click-and-collect services for Tube customers in November 2013, and is looking to expand the service.

Independent retailers in Britain have reacted negatively to the news. Matthew Jaffa, of the Federation of Small Businesses, told BBC that it is "another nail in the coffin" for shops.

© 2014 - European Supermarket Magazine by Enda Dowling

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