Food delivery: what grocery and meal delivery services currently have slots?


Update 05/11/20: Although UK lockout restrictions have been eased slightly, demand for food delivery and Click & Collect slots remains high. Availability varies from day to day and varies depending on the supermarket you choose, but in the past few weeks we have certainly seen a slight increase in free slots in May, Sainsbury’s in particular showing high availability during the week last.

For the first time since the lockdown started, we were able to find a few home delivery slots at Waitrose, and Tesco continues to be a good option, although free slots tend to appear sporadically throughout the week.

Morrisons still has a limited number of available food delivery slots, but you can order one box of Morrisons essential food from £ 30 and there is also good availability. We’ve tried it, and it’s a great option if you’re not looking for specific brands and just want to stock up on basics. You can also order Morrisons products via Amazon Prime Now in parts of the UK. If you don’t have a Prime membership, you can sign up for a Prime 30 day free trialand cancel before the end of the test without any conditions.

We still haven’t had any luck with Ocado (which prioritizes existing and vulnerable customers) and Asda, however, with each retailer not showing free food delivery slots.

To help identify elderly and vulnerable customers, supermarkets use customer and government data to prioritize food delivery slots for those who need them most. Make sure you signed up for government database clinically vulnerable people if you need support.

Some meal delivery services still work and may prove to be a better alternative – see below. There are also many local community groups that organize food delivery for people who self-isolate via Facebook, WhatsApp and more, so keep an eye on what’s going on in your area.

Online food delivery services have come under strain since the coronavirus shutdown. It has been difficult to book a grocery delivery, but as we progress through April, we are starting to see little signs of progress.

The main advice is always to visit a physical store if you can, so supermarkets can prioritize food delivery slots for elderly or vulnerable customers. However, if you need to order food online, many supermarkets have small food delivery areas throughout the day for elderly or vulnerable customers – so keep trying. You should be able to find a location eventually.

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So when will more online grocery delivery slots open? We have VPNOnlineFreeed with all the major supermarkets and are assessing the situation daily across the country, in London, Leeds, Portsmouth, Manchester and Bath.

Your region may differ, but the situation changes daily, so it is important to keep checking. Currently, it looks like it will be mid-April before we start to see a lot more food delivery slots available. However, we will tell you which supermarkets offer food delivery slots here as soon as we see them.

Remember to use all food delivery services responsibly. Order only what you need to keep stocks for those who may need them.

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