Asda is giving thousands of care homes priority access to online delivery slots for the next six months
ASDA is giving thousands of care homes priority access to online delivery slots for the next six months.
It’s the first time a UK supermarket has announced specific delivery measures for care homes following the coronavirus outbreak.
Asda says the move will allow 3,500 care homes to have priority access to food and essentials for their residents.
The supermarket has been contacting small businesses who already have their details registered with Asda.
These care homes are being invited to register for a “priority pass” which gives them early visibility of online slots.
The new help comes on top of measures already in place by the supermarket to give vulnerable customers early access to delivery slots, as well as dedicated NHS shopping hours.
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We've rounded up what each of the major grocers – including Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Tesco – are doing for vulnerable customers here.
Plus, here are the latest supermarket NHS times and discounts for each grocer.
For Asda, its NHS times are 9am each Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning, plus one hour before shops open on Sunday.
Like other supermarkets, Asda has been working with the government to identify shoppers who need extra help.
Asda’s president and CEO Roger Burnley said: “The impact of Covid on our care system has been the subject of numerous news reports in recent days, and the challenges facing our nation’s care homes and the staff who are working so hard to protect some of our most vulnerable people have been heart-breaking to see.
“Giving priority access to these amazing care homes is, I believe, the right thing for us to do – and I am proud, that having built the capacity of our online delivery service in recent weeks from 450,000 slots to 700,000 weekly slots, we are able to do this for our care homes.”
While Asda is the first supermarket to announce special measures for care homes, some have reported being able to get priority access with other supermarkets through their vulnerable shopper slots.
They had to get in contact with grocers to ask for this.
Asda charges between £1 and £6 for delivery, plus an additional £3 if your order is under £40.
Click and collect is also available but again, you'll pay a £3 charge if your order is under £25.
The Sun has asked Asda when it expects the priority slots for care home to start rolling out.
We're also checking if care homes can get in contact with the supermarket to request a priority slot, if they haven't been emailed already.
The Sun has rounded up when Asda delivery slots are usually released for customers.
Struggling to get food delivered? The Sun has checked out a new website that helps you find supermarket delivery slots.
We've also looked into a new app which helps shoppers avoid supermarket queues and checks if items are in stock.
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