Tesco trials within-the-hour deliveries

UK grocery chain Tesco is trialling a one-hour delivery service called Whoosh out of the Tesco Express Willenhall store. Should the trial be successful this will be rolled out across the UK.

Customers place the order on the Tesco app or its website and will be charged a £5 delivery fee for orders over £15, and £7 for orders of under £15.

Chris Poad, online managing director at Tesco, said: “Customers are telling us that they would welcome the addition of a 60-minute delivery to their door option as part of our online grocery service.

“We’ll use the pilot to understand how Whoosh could work best for both our customers and our colleagues.”

This is part of a wider move toward convenience store deliveries that is becoming an increasingly popular service in the UK, with certain demographics choosing within-the-hour delivery rather than going to stores to buy the goods themselves. While delivery companies like Uber and Deliveroo have already made moves into this service, grocery players like Ocado have already established themselves, in Ocado’s case with Ocado Zoom that is available in certain major urban centres.