The Co-op has partnered with grocery courier start-up Buymie to expand its rapid delivery service to over 200,000 households.
Buymie, which already delivers groceries for Lidl and Tesco in Ireland, has now entered the UK for the first time with Co-op in Bristol.
The partnership will see 200 Buymie “personal shoppers” take orders on over 4000 Co-op products via its app.
Customers can choose to have their items delivered within as little as an hour, or schedule their delivery for anytime up to a week later.
While there are no limits on basket size as with some third-party delivery services, customers will be charged a mark up on goods of around five per cent.
They’ll also pay £6.99 for the delivery charge and an extra £1 for “processing”, which covers the personal shopper picking the items in-store.
“Ease, speed and convenience are at the core of our approach,” Co-op’s head of online development Jason Perry said.
“With customer experience and quality front of mind, our decision to partner with Buymie allows us to continue to expand access to our products online, and offer greater flexibility and choice to meet consumer needs in our communities.”
While the service is currently only available in Bristol, it forms part of Co-op’s wider push into online delivery in response to a spike in demand during lockdown.
Earlier this month it announced plans to nearly double the number of stores which can deliver online groceries via the Deliveroo app from 440 to 770 by mid-2020.