John Lewis has begun a trial with CollectPlus, which allows its customers to pick up products bought online at local convenience stores and petrol stations in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, and the South West of England.
CollectPlus has more than 5,250 convenience stores, newsagents, supermarkets, and petrol stations in its UK network.
Costing £3, John Lewis’ new CollectPlus service is available at 1,500 of these locations, within the extremities of the UK, where residents are in need of a greater choice and convenience when it comes to online shopping.
“Click and collect services remain an area of huge growth for John Lewis and we’re delighted to offer this option to our customers alongside the collection service available in our own shops,” said business development manager at John Lewis, Sarah Ince.
“The CollectPlus network provides us with a truly national reach and means that customers who may not necessarily live close to one of our shops can still collect their online order at their convenience.”
The SPAR store in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, is part of CollectPlus’ UK network. Its manager, Alan Troy, said the shop’s opening hours and available parking makes it very convenient for customers.
He said: “They can choose to have online John Lewis purchases delivered to the store for collection at a time that suits them, whether it’s when buying their milk and newspapers in the morning or picking up dinner in the evening.
“This makes the service very popular”