Sainsbury's Next to Launch Click and Collect Technology at London Underground Stations
As the world of retail evolves, one crucial aspect is finding new ways to provide improved convenience to your customers. Several supermarket chains in the UK have turned their focus toward commuters, especially those using the London Underground system, and developed the concept of Click and Collect to help those commuters buy and pick up their groceries more conveniently.
Several major UK grocery chains, including Tesco, have launched Click and Collect services through London Underground stations. Now Sainsbury rsquo;s has announced that it will be the latest supermarket to launch the program with the launch of its own Click and Collect services this summer.
The new service will be available in several London Underground stations including Oakwood, Totteridge and Whetstone, Woodside Park, Leytonstone, Loughton, Debden, and South Woodford, beginning in July. The service will be free for all orders over £20 through August, and with a £1.99 service charge after that. That’s enough to cover logistics fees, while still being low enough to make the service worth it for consumers.
"We are always looking at new ways to serve our customers and make their lives easier so we are delighted to launch this new service,” Sainsbury’s Director of Online, Robbie Feather, said.“We are confident that the combination of Sainsbury’s quality and great service combined with the convenience that this brings will be a real hit with customers."
"We’re delighted that Sainsbury’s has joined the Click and Collect revolution on our network,” added Graeme Craig, Director of Commercial Development at Transport for London. “Across a range of services, we want to work with Britain's outstanding retailers, both large and small, and Sainsbury's is a fantastic addition to our list of partners."
Lidl's climate targets and carbon neutral ambition
Discount retailer Lidl has announced its aim to reduce CO2 emissions from its own operations.
By 2030, Lidl aims to reduce its operational emissions by 80% across all 32 countries it operates in.
Lidl lowering prices and carbon emissions
To achieve this, Lidl will focus on cutting carbon emissions across its retail stores and distribution centres in a number of ways:
- Solar panel installation on all new stores, where possible
- Improving overall energy efficiency through investment in the latest refrigeration and lighting technologies
- Lidl will operate 350 electric vehicle charging points at its stores by 2022
- The company will also oblige suppliers, representing 75 % of product-related scope 3 emissions, to commit to their own climate protection targets according to the methodology of the Science Based Targets initiative, by 2026
- Lidl will continue to support farmers in Lidl GB’s Grassroots programme, to conduct develop carbon reduction plans.
Lidl’s ambitious targets to make a significant contribution
Lidl has been building partnerships with other suppliers to boost sustainability, such as its initiative with Wyke Farms to produce a supermarket-first carbon neutral cheddar and Lidl’s commitment to ban peat from its compost range by 2022.
“With the UK hosting COP26 in November, this is a crucial year in the fight against climate change and we recognise our responsibility to reduce our emissions to help tackle this important issue”, said Christian Härtnagel, CEO at Lidl GB. “As part of the Schwarz Group, Lidl has a presence in 32 countries around the world and more than 310,000 employees globally. We’re therefore one of Europe’s largest retail businesses and through these ambitious targets we hope to make a significant contribution by not only rapidly decarbonising our own operations but also supporting our suppliers to do the same. As a discounter, it is ingrained in us to be constantly looking to maximise efficiency and reduce waste. Whether it’s how we heat and light our stores, or how we transport food from our suppliers to our warehouses, we are continuing to find ways to cut emissions across our business.”