Manawatu Standard

Online deliveries wheeled in

- Karen Coltman

Some South Island New World supermarke­t trucks have hit the road to deliver groceries to customers’ doors.

Shoppers can now shop online and get home deliveries. This new service started two weeks ago for people in Rangiora.

Pak ‘n Save has a new ‘click and collect’ service but not home deliveries at this stage.

‘‘The pilot take-up has been magnificen­t and much more than we could have ever hoped for,’’ South Island Foodstuffs spokesman Damian Lynch said.

‘‘We’ve been planning this for a while, being an essential service we focussed on feeding the South Island throughout the Covid-19 lock-downs, and behind the scenes we doubled down on the online planning.’’

New World and Pak ’n Save Rangiora trucks started rolling out two weeks ago. They were followed by Kaiapoi New World this week.

Foodstuffs plans to expand its home delivery system to all its South Island Pak ’n Save and New World stores by the end of next year. It intends to have this option available from all Christchur­ch New Worlds by Christmas.

North Islanders have had the service for more than a decade.

All Countdown stores operate online shopping and deliveries. A new metro store it is building in Wanaka includes a drive-thru option.

More than 170,000 adults shopped online for the first time during the first six months of 2020.

Spending online was up more than $1.2 billion last year to a total of $5.8b compared to 2019, according to New Zealand Post’s e-commerce report.

Tuesday remained the most popular shopping day online, with Sundays New Zealanders’ preferred day for online grocery shopping.

Data from Stuff’s Nownext survey, which gathered responses from 20,000 New Zealanders, showed 22.6 per cent of shoppers preferred shopping online and 27 per cent did more online shopping than 12 months ago. In December 2020, online spending increased $538 million, up 17 per cent on a year before.

 ??  ?? Pak ’n Save Rangiora online manager Matt Halcrow pushing a trolley of groceries ordered online and to be delivered to the customer’s door.
Pak ’n Save Rangiora online manager Matt Halcrow pushing a trolley of groceries ordered online and to be delivered to the customer’s door.

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