Advantages Quick, some nice features in the online store, relatively simple.
Disadvantages Can't 'feel' the goods, sometimes delivery can be a bit pricey.
One of the things I hate about living in the countryside is the fact that the nearest supermarket is a trek and a half away. As we don't have a car at the moment it means walking is our only means of transport, unless we manage to time it at the right point a bus comes along (which isn't often). Following a hectic day yesterday, and being too harrassed to even contemplate the walk to the shops, the walk back and not to mention being weighed down with shopping, Shushy and I decided to order online from Asda.We already have an account at Asda because we've had food delivered from them a few times before, so all we needed to do was log-in. If this is your first visit then you need to check that they deliver to your postcode, and then create an account. It only takes a couple of minutes and then you're good to go.
The site itself is fairly well set-up and you can filter categories based on brands, certain products etc. Say you want Pepsi, then you go to drinks, click colas which show you all the various types of colas, and then you click Pepsi and it will show you all the various Pepsi products they sell. I've used other online stores that haven't had this feature in the past and it is a welcome addition. If you decided you wanted to go for Coca-cola instead then you simply click the 'x' next to Pepsi and it will take you back to the various brands.The other nice thing is they have a tab for special offers which will list all the offers they have on at the time. It's definitely worth checking this out as you start your shopping. We wanted washing powder and fabric conditioner and then after we'd added the stuff to our virtual trolley, decided to check the special offers before we checked out. We found an offer that was cheaper and more than what we'd put in our trolley so we had to go back through the trolley to find the items and remove them (although granted - at least we didn't have to run back around the store to physically put them back). It's not a major inconvenience, but in future we will be checking the special offers first.
So you've done your shop, now it's time to check out. Asda has a feature that allows you to save a shopping list for things that are frequently bought. If this is the second time you've used the service and opted for it to save items that you may have forgotten it will ask you is there anything you've forgotten and show you items that you've bought frequently in the past. You either add them or continue.Now you get to book your slot for delivery. An interesting thing about this is you can actually check whether a slot is free before you even start shopping and then it 'reserves' your slot for two hours. You do have to book at least the day before. They won't deliver the same day, so if you usually go shopping on a Friday, get your order in Thursday. Also, some slots are cheaper than others (yes - you have to pay for delivery). I guess this is all down to working out the peak times that people want their food delivered so if you choose a peak time you pay peak prices for the delivery.
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