That frantic dash to the supermarket after work could soon be a thing of the past claims Waitrose, which has setup an online shopping service.
Under trial for the last six months at ICL?s offices in Reading, the service allows employees to order groceries on their office PCs during work hours. Groceries ordered are delivered to the office by 5pm the same day.
A full list of groceries can be ordered. You simply highlight the items you want on the list and then email it to Waitrose. Prices are the same as in Waitrose's supermarkets, delivery is free (minimum order #5) and you can specify exactly what you want right down to milk with at least a five days ?useby? life.
The scheme has recently been expanded locally to 3,500 British Airways employees and more prospective corporate customers are already lining up, according to an ICL representative. ICL hosts the servers that orders for Waitrose are emailed to.
?It isn?t supposed to replace the supermarket experience, it just takes the drudgery out of doing huge monthly shops or quick lunchtime/afterwork sprints to the shops for items you?ve run out of,? explained an ICL representative.
Currently orders are paid for via a John Lewis credit card - Waitrose being part of the John Lewis chain. However the system is being extended to accept other credit cards.
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