Now the supermarket giant has increased the number of weekly delivery slots available in the UK to one million, after an impressive increase of 600,000 per week.
And the store’s efforts don’t stop there, as they plan to increase that number to 1.2 million slots a week soon.
Speaking about the changes, Tesco boss Dave Lewis said, “Our business has probably changed more in the past few weeks than it has in the past 10 years. “
The new delivery slots will go first to vulnerable people, based on a list provided by the government, and then to anyone who “may need our support” but is not on the list.
“We want to continue to release as many slot machines as possible, so if you can shop in the store or have someone do it for you,” he said.
The coronavirus epidemic has left many in Greater Manchester struggling to access food, basic supplies and other forms of support. Many of them self-isolate, often in poor health and alone.
Utilities have worked hard to find and help them, but we know they are overworked and working around the clock.
For example, the Manchester Evening News and the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity launched Covaid-19 – a fundraiser to support those most in need, from seniors without support networks to homeless families living in hotels.
The money will be distributed through the mayor of charity of Greater Manchester.
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According to the Mirror, new priority access measures are also in place – allowing social workers and members of the NHS and emergency services to jump straight to the front of stores so they can shop faster at times that best suit their needs. job.
Tesco has also made masks and gloves available to store staff – even if it is up to them to wear them or not – and goes even further.
“The government is expanding the COVID-19 testing process to critical front-line workers, including Tesco,” said Lewis.
“We will start testing it in a region this week. The test will be entirely voluntary, and only for critical workers who are currently experiencing symptoms, or for those who are symptomatic and living with critical workers.
“We hope to be able to deploy this more widely and we will inform our colleagues as soon as possible. “
There was also an update on the chain’s hiring plans.
“We have recruited approximately 50,000 new temporary colleagues,” said Lewis.
“We would not have been able to get through the past few weeks without the incredible contribution of these new colleagues.
“We are extremely grateful to them and want to thank them for all they have done. “
Tesco is also stepping up its donations to food banks, with £ 15 million worth of food for community groups and food banks every week for the next 12 weeks – as well as £ 2 million to help the Red Cross and £ 2 million of pounds to charities helping the most vulnerable.
“There have been a lot of changes in a very short time, and a lot for you and our colleagues,” said Lewis.
” Thank you again for your support. Pay attention and stay well. Together we can do it. “