We’re all being advised to rely on online food delivery, where we can, in an effort to minimise the need to go outside. And while, in theory, having food delivered to your door is a great idea, a sudden surge in demand has seen wait times increase, with many supermarkets unable to offer a delivery slot until mid-April, if at all.
So, in a bid to make the shopping process a little more bearable, we’ve created a list of all the key supermarkets who offer home delivery, along with information on when you might expect to get yourself booked in for a slot. We’ll update this information daily, so that you stand the best chances of getting a food delivery as soon as possible. We’ve also included practical tips on how to get an order as soon as possible.
For more advice and information on feeding yourself during the Coronavirus outbreak, head over to our food hub for ideas and easy recipes.
Where can I get grocery delivery?
As mentioned above, we’ll be updating this section daily in a bid to bring you the latest information on when you can expect a food delivery from the following supermarkets:
Asda: While we had to wait in a queue for around 5 minutes to get online, and start our online shop, this doesn’t seem like too much of a wait given the current demand. We were also surprised to find that delivery slots were available from as early as 9th April in Birmingham, though obviously this may vary across the country.
Tesco: We had no issue getting onto Tesco, with no virtual queues to speak of. However, the problems arose when we tried to book a delivery slot. There’s currently no availability until 16th April, or at least that’s the case in London, with Tesco currently limiting users from booking anything beyond 15th April. So, you’ll need to check back regularly to stand a chance of getting booked onto one of the newly released slots.
Sainsbury’s: Due to such a great increase in demand, Sainsbury’s have currently paused new sign-ups to their online service. So, if you haven’t shopped with Sainsbury’s online before, you’ll be unable to do so at the moment. Not that it makes too much of a difference, as there are currently no available slots for existing customers, either.
That said, Sainsbury’s are working to prioritise online delivery for their most vulnerable existing customers. So, if you think you fall into this group, it may be worth reading a little more about the policy so that you can potentially get a slightly earlier delivery slot. Nice work, Sainsbury’s.
Morrison’s: This morning, we found ourselves in a virtual queue with an estimated wait time to get onto the Morrison’s website of more than an hour. It’s not looking much more positive when you get online, either, with reports of no food delivery slots currently available.
Waitrose: Having acknowledged such a massive increase in need, Waitrose have currently paused the option to book a delivery slot while they work through current demand. We’re currently unsure when this policy will be reversed.
Ocado: When we tried to get onto Ocado this morning, we found ourselves in a virtual queue behind 37,899 people with a wait time of ‘over an hour’ – you don’t say. Ocado have acknowledged their struggle to keep up with demand, having paused use of their app, and having previously suspended use of their service, altogether.
How to increase your chances of getting a food delivery slot
- Given the demand, we’d recommend aiming to get on-site either really early, or really late at night, in a bid avoid the site at it’s busiest. This is particularly relevant for sites with long virtual queues.
- If you can’t book a slot just yet, we’d recommend putting a basket together and checking back regularly. Then, when slots do become available, you’ll stand a better chance of getting one.
- Don’t wait until you’re out of food, or almost out of food, aim to book in advance and anticipate when you might need a shop in a few weeks time.
- Don’t bulk buy. Having struggled to get a slot in the first place, we can appreciate the temptation to bulk buy foods. However, this merely perpetuates the problem and will only lead to greater problems further down the road. Plus, it’s important to think of other this time, there will almost definitely be someone who needs food more than you do.
- Think a bit differently about what you usually eat. Fresh meat and fish is going to be harder to keep topped up as you should only go to the shops once a week (if at all) so embrace eating more meat-free meals. The charity V for Life has created this handy PDF showing places to find vegetarian food that can be delivered to your door.