Aldi could be on the verge of launching an ecommerce arm in the UK as its logistics operators says it has the systems in place to “seize the opportunity which e-commerce offers”.
Armstrong Logistics, Aldi’s long-term logistics partner, has built and launched a dedicated home delivery division which it says will become a “major part of our business in the future”, according to The Grocer.
The company, which has delivered more than 30,000 of Aldi’s food parcels to shoppers’ doorsteps since lockdown began, also said it was planning to expand its warehouse capacity by 70 per cent.
“The Covid-19 crisis has sparked a retail transformation in the UK. Our investment in our e-commerce offer is a natural evolvement of our business,” its chairman and founder Justin Armstrong told The Grocer.
“During the pandemic we demonstrated our ability to handle increased volumes – managing a 300% spike literally overnight whilst still maintaining our unrivalled on-time delivery rate. We see e-commerce as the next stage in our journey.”
While neither company would comment on the future of Aldi’s online business, an increasing number of signs point to the retailer preparing to launch an ecommerce offering.
According to the latest data from Kantar and Nielsen, Aldi and Lidl’s usually dramatic market share growth has been stunted due to their lack of online services, while online grocery’s market share has more than doubled since the start of the pandemic.
This has forced the pair to explore new methods of providing online delivery while maintaining low costs, seeing Aldi partner with Deliveroo in May to offer online grocery delivery for the first time.
Earlier this month, Aldi announced it was doubling the size of its partnership with Deliveroo to 20 stores offering rapid home delivery on over 200 products following the massive popularity of the service.