Tesco to roll out Whoosh delivery service to 600 stores

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Tesco has announced its partnership with one-hour delivery service Whoosh will be extended to at least 600 stores by the end of the year.

This follows a launch in May last year from a single store in Wolverhampton, which offered fast delivery for a flat fee of £5.

The service, which is now available at 115 stores, offers a range of 1,700 Tesco products including groceries and household essentials.

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According to Tesco chief executive Ken Murphy, the delivery option will be available at 200 stores by the end of next month.

On the Big 4 grocers Christmas trading call, Murphy said it is a “mission” on what customers now want.

“It’s a truly incremental mission, and whether it’s taking from other missions is hard to tell, but we do think it’s somewhere that we need to be, and we need to have a good quality proposition that fits into our overall proposition, to make sure that customers can shop us wherever, whenever, and however they want.

“So all of a sudden you could be offering a much larger shopping trip in a much shorter time frame than we currently do.

Murphy said despite of Whoosh’s one-hour delivery promise, most orders will arrive within 30 minutes.

The news comes as reported a rise in profits stronger than expected Christmas sales, attributing a focus on value for claiming its highest share in four years during the festive season.

The Big 4 grocer reported a 2.7% rise in like-for-like sales for its UK and Ireland business during the six weeks to 8 January compared to the same period last year, when sales were boosted by stricter Covid-19 restrictions.

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