Lidl Ireland teams with local delivery company, Buymie, to offer one-hour grocery delivery.
One hour grocery delivery trial in Dublin
According to a quote in The Grocer, Lidl is offering a one-hour grocery delivery service in Dublin via Irish start-up, Buymie. Buymie allows shoppers to order goods from a selection of local stores in the city, which are then delivered in a short time frame (between one and three hours) with delivery charges ranging from €3.99-€6.99. Orders are placed via the Buymie app, and products on offer include core lines from all categories apart from non-food.
New €100 distribution centre in Ireland
Lidl is building a new distribution centre and regional headquarters in Newbridge, County Kildare. The 54,000 sq. m distribution centre is due for completion by November 2019 and will allow Lidl Ireland to serve its growing network of stores better. The sizeable investment is part of Lidl Ireland's €200m expansion programme which also includes the opening of 10 new stores.
Digital payments in Italy
Lidl's Italian customers with Android smartphones are now able to pay for their shopping at the discounter with Google Pay. The newly accepted method of payment is available to use across the estate and will make paying in-store quicker and easier. This creates an added level of efficiency in-store for Lidl, should shoppers choose to use it.
What do we think?
Lidl's investments in these two markets demonstrate how the discounter is focusing on scale, efficiency and meeting shopper needs. Alongside expanding the store network in Ireland, Lidl is focussed on making shopping quicker, easier and more convenient. This trial is further evidence of Lidl evolving its digital capabilities. The discounter recently launched a new digital loyalty app in Spain, Denmark and Austria.
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