CHRISTMAS delivery slots at supermarkets have 'sold out', leaving shoppers facing a scrum in the aisles to buy their festive food.
Supermarkets are urging customers to give up slots or share them with those who need them.
Food delivery slots for the key festive dates of 20-24 December have been snapped up already at most supermarkets, including Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda.
Tesco said the "majority" of slots have gone and is urging people to shop in store if they can to free up delivery slots for those who need it.
Sainsbury's has said availability depends on location, but we were unable to secure a slot for Christmas week from 10 different postcodes across the country.
The supermarket is encouraging people to share delivery slots and shop for others where they can.
Asda says on its website that the majority of delivery slots for Christmas are full.
The supermarket told The Sun that there is limited availability dependingon the day, time and location, for both home delivery and click and collect.
At Morrisons, we were unable to book a Christmas delivery slot for 10 different postcodes across the country.
Here’s how to cut the cost of your grocery shop
SAVING on your shop can make a big difference to your wallet. Here are some tips from Money.co.uk about how you can cut the cost of your shopping bills:
- Write yourself a list – Only buy items that you need. If it isn’t on your list, don’t put it in the trolley
- Create a budget – Work out a weekly budget for your food shopping
- Never shop hungry – you are far more likely to buy more food if your tummy is rumbling
- Don’t buy pre-chopped veggies or fruit – The extra they’ll charge for chopping can be eye watering
- Use social media – follow your favourite retailers to find out about the latest deals
- Be disloyal – You may want to go to different stores to find the best bargains
- Check the small print – It’s always worth checking the price per kg/lb/litre when comparing offers so you’re making a like for like decision as a bigger box won’t necessarily mean you get more
- Use your loyalty cards – Don’t be afraid to sign up to them all. They all work slightly differently – work out what bonus suits you better and remember to trade in your points for additional rewards
Waitrose and Ocado, which now delivers food from Marks and Spencer, are both telling customers that its has sold out of Christmas delivery slots.
A Tesco Spokesperson said: “There is unprecedented demand for online grocery shopping this year and, since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, we have more than doubled our online capacity to around 1.5 million slots a week.
"While we have significantly more slots this Christmas than ever before, the majority are now booked up and we apologise to those customers who weren’t able to secure one on the day of their choice.
"Our advice to customers still planning their festive shop is to shop in store where possible in order to free up slots for those who need them most.”
Tesco, Sainsbury's and M&S are among the retailers extending their opening hours in the run up to Christmas to give people more time and space to shop safely.
Limits on how many people can be in stores are still in place at many supermarkets.
Sainsbury's, Asda and M&S have rolled out virtual queuing systems at some stores in the run up to Christmas to help shoppers avoid queues outside.
People can join the queue through an app or by using a QR code and smartphone, then wait in their cars until it's their turn to go inside.
Shoppers can find out when stores are at their quietest using Google – here's how.
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