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Re: Ocado/M&S online deliveries

Postby smitch » Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:50 am

I think it is across the board, Pampy. Waitrose recently extended their delivery area and now include my town. I’ve only ordered a couple of times to get things we like Ocado no longer stock but it was free delivery with a £40 minimum for the mid-week slot I chose.

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Re: Ocado/M&S online deliveries

Postby Earthmaiden » Thu Nov 12, 2020 2:41 pm

I've just been finalising my Sainsburys click & collect order for tomorrow and noticed the site gave dates when it will be offering Christmas slots for deliveries.

For delivery:
20th Dec - book from 29th Nov
21st Dec - book from 30th Nov
22nd Dec - book from 1st Dec
23rd Dec - book from 2nd Dec

No mention of 24th Dec. Don't know if those with special passes etc will get preferential treatment.

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Re: Ocado/M&S online deliveries

Postby slimpersoninside » Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:00 pm

We use Ocado as, for us, it's the one we get far fewer substitutions or no shows. Not at all impressed with M&S stuff but still using Ocado.

We would move to Waitrose but the store our area falls under for deliveries is rubbish. Daughter lives a few miles away and comes under a different branch, so much better. We can get click and collect from this branch and have decided we will do a shop this way every so often to get the Waitrose specific items in bulk.

We can and do also use Morrisons for some things we either prefer from there or can't get elsewhere.

Roll on being able to shop as we used to (but I won't hold my breath)!

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Re: Ocado/M&S online deliveries

Postby herbidacious » Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:59 pm

I am finding it impossible to get an Ocado slot. Ah well.

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Re: Ocado/M&S online deliveries

Postby Busybee » Fri Nov 13, 2020 1:43 pm

After three hours in a virtual queue I have managed to get a Tesco delivery for the 22nd December, a most frustrating experience but hey ho.

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Re: Ocado/M&S online deliveries

Postby jeral » Fri Nov 13, 2020 4:36 pm

I've booked a slot for 28 Nov. I suppose what happens after lockdown is ended from 3 Dec will affect availability after that, if future slots aren't already fully booked by then!

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Re: Ocado/M&S online deliveries

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Re: Ocado/M&S online deliveries

Postby jeral » Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:09 pm

Booking fresh stuff weeks in advance is a non-starter for me - how can you? - and there's surely a limit to how many "cupboard staples" households want, assuming no east wing or bunker being filled up.

If more people do feel able to shop locally in person after 3 Dec, it could make a difference by both smaller loads (=more deliveries possible) or cancellations, although the latter is unlikely once a prized slot has been acquired.

It was in the news that Mr Johnson was "bounced" into this lockdown by the leak that one was imminent even though he hadn't decided that a countrywide one was necessary given variable numbers by area. A problem is fear that lockdown might simply be extended . A few more sleepless nights ahead for online grocers trying to meet demand.

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Re: Ocado/M&S online deliveries

Postby Busybee » Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:25 pm

Jeral you don’t actually have to do the full shop when you secure a slot, just put a couple of things, I usually put bananas and apples, in your basket and go through the checkout. This secures you the slot, you can then go back into the order and update it right up to midnight the day before your delivery is due. This means that you don’t actually do the majority of the shop until the last minute.

I appreciate that it might seem as faff, but I’ve been having weekly deliveries for months, it’s actually cheaper than me doing the 30 mile round trip to the supermarket, and I’ve just got into the swing of it. I’m also finding that I spend less.

Whilst I always thought an online delivery was a bit of a luxury, I’ve found that it’s actually a good way to shop when you live a long way from a decent commercial centre.

I use our local weekly market for bread, cheese and eggs.

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Re: Ocado/M&S online deliveries

Postby herbidacious » Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:29 pm

Thing is if many more shop go locally in person, there will be queues to get in. As things stand, it's hard to social distance in our local Sainsbury's and a high percentage of people pull their masks down once they are in the shop. It's usually bedlam in the run up to Christmas. I really don't have the energy to queue for an hour and then go shopping. At the moment it's an effort to walk up the stairs...

I have a few Christmas luxuries on order from M&S... I don't really need to do a big shop as I am not really doing Christmas but will need some food.

This has made me go and look what the situation is for my mother. Earliest delivery slot is 22nd. I will book it for her. I suspect it won't be soon enough.

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Re: Ocado/M&S online deliveries

Postby Pepper Pig » Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:03 pm

Have never used Waitrose delivery, mainly because I’m happy with Ocado as and when I need it, but I was impressed with them tonight. A knock on the door and a Waitrose delivery man asked if I could vouch for next door because there wasn’t an adult in the house - Elliott is 15 and Charlotte 13. They are Finnish and very mature and sensible so I said yes. Thought it was lovely the delivery man checked. Hope it doesn’t come back to haunt me,

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