IF you’re wanting to get a big shop in for the Easter holidays, it might be a good idea to book a delivery slot.
With the nation still under lockdown, many Brits are relying on online deliveries to avoid the shops, so you might want to think about booking one soon.
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Shoppers can get an Easter delivery slot from today if they use the Delivery Saver serviceCredit: PA:Press Association
But how far in advance can you book a slot at Tesco? We explain all you need to know.
When will Tesco’s Easter delivery slots be available?
Tesco has confirmed to The Sun that shoppers who are signed up to the supermarket’s Delivery Saver service will be able to book Easter delivery slots from today.
This subscription services costs from £3.49 a month and allows customers to book a delivery slot four weeks before non-members.
If you sign up and it turns out you’d have spent less on delivery without it, you’ll be sent a voucher within 21 days to cover the difference.
The scheme is currently only open to existing customers so Tesco can support existing and vulnerable shoppers during the Covid crisis.
We’ve asked Tesco when new customers will be able to sign up for the service, and we’ll let you know as soon as we know more.
All other customers not on the Delivery Saver plan will be able to book Easter delivery slots from March 15.
Delivery fees cost between £4.50 and £5.50 at Tesco depending on where your order is fulfilled by either a supermarket or warehouse.
There’s also a £4 surcharge for deliveries worth under £40.
Will I be able to get a slot?
Tesco has upped the number of delivery slots available per week to 1.5million – more than double what it offered before the Covid lockdown.
The supermarket is prioritising vulnerable customers for deliveries, and you can only order one slot per week.
But slots may be in high demand over the Easter break, and shoppers might want consider booking one soon to avoid missing out.
In the run up to Easter last year, Tesco’s boss pleaded with shoppers to leave delivery slots to the elderly and vulnerable.
However, Tesco has more availability this Easter than ever before, so you’ll have a better chance at bagging one.
The supermarket has also employed tens of thousands of temporary staff to help it cope with a spike in demand over the latest Covid lockdown.
What happens if I can’t get a slot?
You can still shop in store or use Tesco’s click and collect service if you miss out on a delivery slot.
If you want to shop in store, you can check out where your nearest Tesco store is using its locator tool.
We’ve asked Tesco whether its opening hours could vary this year over the Easter break, and we will update you as soon as we can.
Last year, Superstores and Metro stores in England and Wales were open from 8am to 6pm.
In Northern Ireland, Tesco Extras were open from 10am to 7pm, in Scotland, Tesco Extra Superstores were open from 8am to 8pm, and all Express convenience stores were open usual hours.
If you want to use Tesco’s click and collect service, it will cost you £1.50 and there’s a surcharge for orders worth less than £25.
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