Tesco is expanding its Click & Collect service to locations such as schools, libraries and sports centres, following a successful trial at three locations in York.
The extended service sees Tesco enable its customers to collect online deliveries from places other than its store network for the first time, in a move aimed at making shopping as convenient as possible for its customers.
The trial will extend to both London and Ayr, in Scotland, before Christmas this year.
Tesco said its Click & Collect option is growing in popularity, as the IGD announced that nearly one in five online grocery shoppers have used the service in the last month, and a third intend to use it more over the next year.
“Customers up and down the country already love using Click & Collect because they can do their shopping trip in a matter of minutes, even with the whole family in tow,” said managing director of Tesco.com, Simon Belsham.
“We think customers are really going to like the extension to the service because it makes things even more convenient for them and it means they can fit their shopping in around their lifestyles.”
Click & Collect is currently available in 200 UK Tesco stores, and the company plans to extend this to 300 in 2014.
* Tesco has released food waste figures for its operations and supply chain, showing that 68 per cent of bagged salad is wasted, but that 35 per cent of this waste occurs at the customer’s home.
The supermarket giant unveiled the figures as part of its plan to reduce waste, saying it will now work with its suppliers to try to cut waste at all stages of the journey from farm to fork.
“We welcome Tesco’s approach to tackling food waste across their whole supply chain, and by identifying the hot spots, they can tackle these areas effectively,” said Richard Swannell, director of the Waste and Resources Action Programme.
“Food waste is a global issue and collaborative action is essential if we are to successfully reduce food waste and reap the financial and environmental benefits of doing so.”