Work with supermarkets re deliveries

I have been helping to support isolating households and the biggest worry has been getting supermarket delivery slots. It is a lot better now, but its still a problem and doesn't seem to be the most efficient system as there is no coordination of van deliveries between the supermarkets. If the government could insist on coordination of deliveries, each van could service more households in the same locality, so less time is wasted on driving time, and more delivery slots could be offered. This would be invaluable for rural areas, but I believe it would help urban areas too, as it would bring efficiencies. So basically households would book space on the van first, then order from the supermarket of their choice second. Van picks up for different communities on particular days/slots.

Why the contribution is important

It would remove a huge amount of stress or worry for households who feel they should be isolating, particularly the elderly. It would be more efficient for the supermarkets as they would be able to make more deliveries

by AMK on May 08, 2020 at 08:56AM

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  • Posted by MikeJohnston May 08, 2020 at 09:47

    I had a correspondence with two MSPs on deliveries some weeks ago. This is one online notice from a leading supermarket: "We have worked with the government to identify those in England, Scotland and Wales who are extremely vulnerable and have shopped with us before." Clearly this supermarket was discriminating in favour of its existing customers of which I was one. It didn't help me to get a slot though.
  • Posted by roobie May 08, 2020 at 11:54

    There are equally other groups of people who need access to priority delivery slots - there are other groups who cannot shop in person e.g. those with agoraphobia. Gps should be able to add patients with other conditions to the online priority delivery slot list and they currently cannot.
  • Posted by sixboys May 08, 2020 at 15:32

    not being able to get shopping has been hugely difficult and leads to risky behaviour such as nipping out for food when showing mild symptoms or getting someone else in the house to get food in before you isolate. This virus can "hit" suddenly and it is so much better if those with internet access can choose their shopping than rely on government parcels which are impossible to tailor for what you have or like, even better if we could 'phone as well. Myself and members of my family shielding felt very let down by the inability to get basic shopping done without visiting the shops despite supermarkets having extensive experience and ability to usually do it, well meaning teams of volunteers or friends does not feel as dignified or long term as being able to choose and get it delivered.
  • Posted by Ss770640 May 08, 2020 at 17:41

    Councils should be paying the currently unemployed taxi drivers to fill delivery gaps
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