Aldi expands online offering with delivery support

Electricals retailer has announced a logistics partnership with supermarket chain Aldi, helping expand the grocer’s online offering.

The new collaboration will involve AO delivering Aldi’s ‘Specialbuys’ products. The grocer already offers such an online service for wines and spirits, but the new three-year partnership with AO will help expand the online range to bulkier items such as barbecues, patio furniture and sports equipment.

Aldi will leverage AO’s two-person home delivery for these larger items, and will give its customers access to weekend delivery options and timed delivery windows already offered by the wider AO supply chain network.

David Ashwell, managing director of AO Logistics, commented: “We are extremely proud of the award-winning logistics capability we have built here at AO.

“There’s no better stamp of approval than other retailers, like Aldi, wanting to partner with us to help them deliver exceptional service to their customers.”

David Barter, managing director of national IT at Aldi, added: “Our online Specialbuys are going from strength to strength, and this partnership with AO will allow us to offer customers an even better experience for our larger products that require home delivery.”

Aldi’s UK and Ireland arm also announced today (16 September) that it plans to grow store numbers in London from 45 to 100 by the end of 2025. It said this will comprise its standard shops but also new, smaller-format Aldi Local stores.

As part of an annual results announcement, which showed sales were up by 11% to £11.3 billion but profit before tax dropped by 18% to £182.2 million off the back of infrastructure expenditure, Aldi said it will invest a further £1 billion in stores and distribution centres over the next two years.

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