Christmas delivery slots for supermarkets are expected to be popular again this year, so it pays to be prepared and know exactly when they’ll be released. Here is everything you need to know
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Christmas is just over one month away and supermarkets are already confirming when their delivery slots will become available.
Delivery slots were in high demand in 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis – and they’re expected to be popular again this year.
This means some supermarkets may have already sold out of their delivery slots – so you may need to visit in store, if you can, to get your Christmas food.
From Tesco to Asda and Morrisons, we explain everything you need to know about securing your shop.
It comes as suppliers continue to warn how goods like toys, Prosecco and even turkey could be in short supply this year.
Tesco customers who are signed up to its Delivery Saver service were able to book slots from 6am on November 16.
But shoppers were left fuming after they were placed in a queue of 300,000 people all trying to book their delivery.
Regular delivery slots for Tesco became available from 6am on November 23.
Delivery Saver costs £7.99 per month and gives shoppers free deliveries on orders worth more than £40.
Other deliveries are charged a flat fee of £4.50, or £5.50 if you’re ordering from a fulfilment centre.
There is also an extra charge of £4 if your order is less than £40.
Asda confirmed its Christmas delivery slots went live for Delivery Pass customers on October 19.
All other customers were able to book from October 28.
The supermarket says it will have 900,000 home delivery and click and collect slots available for the week before Christmas.
Asda deliveries cost between £1 and £7, depending on the time and day you order, with a minimum spend of £40.
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Sainsbury’s customers who have a Delivery Pass could book their Christmas food order from November 23.
Other shoppers were able to secure a slot from November 30.
Sainsbury’s orders above £40 cost between £2 and £4.50 for delivery, while orders under this amount cost £7.
Shops worth £100 or more which are booked for delivery from Monday to Thursday after 2pm can be delivered for free.
By buying a little bit extra with the weekly shop and putting it in the donation box located in-store, customers can help Lidl meet its target of donating 5million meals a year to those in need.
Lidl is helping to tackle hunger in Britain’s communities through its Feed it Back scheme and has teamed up with partner Neighbourly to ensure any donated food will be put to good use every day.
The key items to pop in the box are: Cereal/Soup/Pasta/Rice/Tinned tomatoes or pasta sauce/Lentils, beans and pulses/Tinned meat/Tinned vegetables/Tea and coffee/Tinned fruit/Biscuits/UHT milk/Fruit juice.
Find out more about Lidl’s Feed it Back scheme here.
Marks & Spencer
Marks & Spencer has opened its Food to Order service for Christmas 2021 – but as this isn’t a delivery service, you do need to be able to pick up your order in store.
All orders are subject to a £40 deposit which must be paid online, with the remaining amount to be paid in stores when you collect.
M&S says there are collection slots available for between December 22 and December 24.
When The Mirror checked today, there appeared to still be times available to book when we checked several postcodes around the UK.
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Iceland has announced that 450,000 Christmas delivery slots will be made available on its website from December 13.
These slots will guarantee delivery by Christmas day, the frozen goods giant said.
Iceland delivery is free on orders over £40 – anything under this amount is charged £3.
Morrisons has already released its Christmas slots, with delivery pass holders able to book priority for between December 20 and 24.
Other shoppers could book a delivery slot for arrival on or before December 19.
Morrisons also offers a food to order service but you’ll need to pick up your food in person.
The supermarket offers a series of delivery passes that entitle you to free delivery anytime for specified periods.
The anytime pass, which covers deliveries any day of the week, is available for a month (£8), for six months (£40) or annually (£65).
The midweek pass, which is for deliveries Tuesday to Thursday, is also available for a month (£5), for six months (£20) or annually (£35).
It is also possible to get Morrisons food delivered for free without a pass, if you order before 3pm and book your slot in advance.
Waitrose has also released its delivery slots and its click and collect options.
Shoppers can also order a food to order slot online via the Waitrose website.
Waitrose delivery is free on orders under £40.
Ocado was the first supermarket to start offering its Christmas delivery slots, prioritising those who signed up to its Smart Pass before September 26, 2021.
Customers were contacted in stages, via email or text message, to let them know when they’re able to book a slot.
However, some shoppers complained that slots sold out “in ten minutes” when Ocado started allowing Christmas bookings on October 1.
Ocado says it will let customers know if more slots become available.
The food delivery giant has previously warned demand is likely to be high, so even Smart Pass shoppers aren’t guaranteed a slot.
Some customers who signed up for an Ocado Delivery Pass before 2009 were entitled to a free delivery at Christmas.