Tesco has become the latest grocer to offer digital volunteer gift cards making it easier for vulnerable and elderly shoppers to shop for food.
The UK’s largest grocer has followed in the footsteps of Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Aldi to offer e-gift cards via its website.
Shoppers can purchase gift cards of between £5 and £150 which they can then email to a friend, family member or volunteer who will carry out their shopping for them.
They’ll also receive their own copy of the e-gift card so they can make use of any remaining balance, which can be checked over the phone.
“We are continuously looking for new ways to support communities during these challenging times and the Volunteer e-Gift Card forms part of our commitment to help make life a little easier for our vulnerable customers,” Tesco Bank’s chief executive Gerry Mallon said.
“Many people are currently relying on others and it’s incredible to see so many people volunteering their time to help. Local communities have rallied around those unable to leave their house and our e-gift card helps make it easier for volunteers to get essential groceries to them in their time of need.”
Two weeks ago, Tesco announced it was now delivering over 1 million orders a week and its army of staff were picking a whopping 10 million items a day.
These staggering numbers have been made possible by the hiring of around 16,000 new staff since the start of the outbreak, including 12,000 new picking employees and 4000 drivers.