Ocado removes bottled water from deliveries to make space

Ocado removes bottled water from its deliveries in a bid to make space for other products as it claims ban will allow them to deliver to up to 6,000 extra homes a week

  • The move comes as many retailers desperately try to adapt to feed the public 
  • The online supermarket delivered to 250,000 homes across the UK last week 
  • Ocado has also stopped selling flowers as they too took up too much space 

Online supermarket Ocado has removed bottled water from its deliveries to make space for other products. 

The grocer said banning the heavy and bulky item from home deliveries will allow them to deliver to up to 6,000 extra homes a week. 

The company said: ‘During the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve stopped selling bulky, heavy bottled water. This small step frees up extra space in our vans, and allows us to deliver to 6,000 extra homes a week.’ 

The move comes as retailers desperately try to adapt to feed the public. 

Online supermarket Ocado has removed bottled water from its deliveries to make space for other products

Ocado said the demand they had experienced was like trying to serve everyone at Glastonbury Festival every hour of every day for two weeks. 

As a result it struggled to keep up with requests for home deliveries and had to stop taking new customers in early March, before suspending the website for two days to prepare for an onslaught of orders. 

The company delivered to 250,000 homes across the UK last week – prioritising vulnerable customers. 

The water bottles involved are both plastic and glass, so the move will dramatically reduce levels of plastic waste. 

For more than a decade the Daily Mail has campaigned to curb the use of unnecessary plastic. 

And in 2017 the paper launched its Turn The Tide On Plastic campaign and started a global conversation about how we’re flooding the world’s seas with waste. 

Ocado also said it had stopped selling flowers as they too took up too much space. To ensure the safety of staff and customers the supermarket has put in place additional health and hygiene measures. 

These include temperature checks of all staff at the start of every shift, increased supplies of personal hygiene products and stricter cleaning regimes across all sites.

Drivers have also stopped taking shopping into people’s homes and have paused collecting carrier bags for the time being. 

Extreme social distancing: No couples in Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s yesterday barred couples from shopping together in its stores. Bosses said it was enhancing the government’s social distancing rules to keep shoppers and staff safe. 

The measures will also cut queues outside its supermarkets, they believe. In a letter to customers, chief executive Mike Coupe said: ‘Keeping you and colleagues safe is our number one priority. 

‘From today, we are asking everyone to please only send one adult per household to our shops. This helps us keep people a safe distance apart and also helps to reduce queues to get into stores. 

‘Our teams will be asking groups with more than one adult to choose one to shop and will ask others to wait. 

‘Children are of course welcome if they are not able to stay at home.’ 

Other supermarkets such as Asda, Tesco and Morrisons have also introduced limits on the number of people allowed to enter their stores at any one time. 

As a result people are asked to queue outside before entering the shop. Once inside they are asked to respect each other’s space, staying 2m (6ft) away from staff and other customers. 

They have also encouraged shoppers to only touch items they want to buy and to pay with card where possible to avoid handling cash. 

Mr Coupe said Sainsbury’s had been working hard to expand its online groceries service due to demand, Home delivery and click and collect online slots will be expanded from 370,000 to 600,000 by the end of next week.

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