Sainsbury’s has unveiled plans to launch up to 200 digital Click & Collect points in stores across the UK.
Following Sainsbury’s recent acquisition of Home Retail Group (owner of Argos and Habitat), the supermarket chain is building on Argos’ exclusive Click & Collect partnership with global e-commerce giant eBay.
Up to 200 Click & Collect points will be open in Sainsbury’s stores by the end of the year. Customers will be able to pick up their Tu clothing, eBay and DPD parcel deliveries from a Sainsbury’s store near them. Some 30 of Sainsbury’s Click & Collect points will also offer Argos’ online collection.
Tablets will be available in all the new Click & Collect points to enable customers to ‘check in’ digitally, which should speed up the time it takes from arriving in-store to receiving parcels for collection.
Mike Coupe, chief executive of Sainsbury’s, said: “Our vision in bringing these two successful retail businesses together is to combine Sainsbury’s leadership in food retailing, with Argos’s digital strength and non-food capability.
“We’re excited about the potential of this combination and this announcement is a clear demonstration of how this ambition will benefit customers, bringing them a broader range of quality goods and services whenever and wherever they want.”
John Rogers, chief executive of Sainsbury’s Argos, added: “It’s an exciting time in retail. As customer shopping habits change, people increasingly want flexibility, speed and choice – both online and in-store.
“We’re pleased to be bringing Argos’ products and services to Sainsbury’s customers via the new digital collection points, which are a demonstration of both businesses working closely together to bring benefits to customers at pace.”
Tanya Lawler, UK vice president of eBay, commented: “We know that shoppers love to Click & Collect. Building upon our exclusive Click & Collect partnership with Argos, by establishing 200 further collection points in Sainsbury’s stores, means even greater choice and convenience for shoppers.”