Tesco predicts that Friday (December 23) will be its busiest day of the year, with over 10 million customers visiting its stores across the UK.
The supermarket chain said that at the busiest point on Friday, it will serve around 15,000 customers per minute.
The chief executive officer of Tesco UK Matt Davies commented: “We all know what a busy time Christmas can be, and that’s why we have brought in an extra 15,000 festive colleagues to help customers in any way they can.
“Whether customers are ordering online or visiting one of our stores, they can be reassured that our colleagues are working hard to ensure they get everything they need to be ready for the big day.”
Tesco forecasts that it will sell around a third of its Christmas turkeys this Friday – that’s nearly 200,000 customers buying their turkey crowns and birds in one day. Over 10 million pigs in blankets will also be sold to accompany these turkeys. Customers are also expected to buy 40 million Brussels sprouts this Thursday and Friday and 27 million carrots.
Across Christmas week, Tesco will deliver approximately 53 million cases of groceries to its stores – that’s around 90 cases per second 24 hours a day. A vehicle will be dispatched from one of Tesco’s distribution centres approximately every 15 seconds.