Aldi’s Specialbuys range will now be delivered by online electricals retailer AO as the pair sign a three-year partnership.
AO is taking a page from Amazon’s playbook by offering use of its vast logistics network, which covers 95 per cent of the UK, to discount grocer Aldi.
Though many of Aldi’s Specialbuys are already available to purchase online, alongside a range of wines and spirits, the new partnership will allow Aldi to offer delivery for larger products like sports equipment, barbeques and patio furniture that require two-people to move.
Not only will AO offer its expertise and experience developed delivering white goods, but it will enable Aldi to offer more weekend delivery options to its customers.
This comes as Aldi posted an 18 per cent drop in profits for the year to December 31 2018, despite its sales rising 11 per cent to £11.3 billion.
It attributed the drop in profits to ongoing investment in infrastructure, while pledging to invest £1 billion over the next two years to double its store estate within the M25.
“Our online Specialbuys are going from strength to strength, and this partnership with AO will allow us to offer customers even more options for our larger products that require home delivery,” Aldi’s managing director of national IT David Barter said.
AO’s managing director of AO Logistics David Ashwell added: “We are extremely proud of the award-winning logistics capability we have built here at AO. There’s no better stamp of approval than other retailers, like Aldi, wanting to partner with us to help them deliver exceptional service to their customers.”