The app that lets you “cheat” your way to the start of the supermarket queue

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Savvy shoppers use an app that tracks supermarket websites to make their way to the start of the queue to avoid waiting weeks for a delivery window.

Nearly 2,000 Britons have signed up for Visualping, which was developed by engineers in Canada, to receive alerts when Tesco, Ocado, Morrisons and Waitrose update their delivery times.

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a huge increase in online grocery orders as millions of people avoid going to the supermarket for fear of catching the deadly disease.

Savvy shoppers use an app that tracks supermarket websites to make their way to the start of the queue to avoid waiting weeks for a delivery window. In the photo: a delivery driver for an Ocado online supermarket delivers an order to Ironbridge, Shropshire

Savvy shoppers use an app that tracks supermarket websites to make their way to the start of the queue to avoid waiting weeks for a delivery window. In the photo: a delivery driver for an Ocado online supermarket delivers an order to Ironbridge, Shropshire

Long queues and stripped shelves in supermarkets have also prompted an increase in public purchases from wholesalers as people wait weeks for a delivery store.

More than 1,200 Britons use Visualping to track orders from Tesco, while 427 others follow the Ocado website and 92 keep an eye on Waitrose, according to the Telegraph.

Serge Salager, managing director of Visualping, told the newspaper that 1,737 UK buyers are “taking advantage of automation”.

To meet unprecedented demand, supermarkets are freeing up slots for as little as two hours a day, Visualping analysis showed.

Nearly 2,000 Britons have signed up for Visualping, which was developed by engineers in Canada, to receive alerts when Tesco, Ocado, Morrisons and Waitrose update their delivery times. Pictured: shoppers line up using safety distance measures at the Waitrose supermarket on April 22, 2020 in Rushden

Nearly 2,000 Britons have signed up for Visualping, which was developed by engineers in Canada, to receive alerts when Tesco, Ocado, Morrisons and Waitrose update their delivery times. Pictured: shoppers line up using safety distance measures at the Waitrose supermarket on April 22, 2020 in Rushden

And while the boredom of foreclosure has turned the UK into a nation of amateur bakers, many are struggling to get their hands on the flour.

As a result, over 700 Britons signed up for Visualping to monitor the Shipton Mill, which produces flour for the country’s bakeries.

Mike Smith, a chef using the site to monitor Shipton Mill, added to the Telegraph: “I’m a chef and out of work, but I try to make bread for my neighbors, my friends and my family, for something to do and also just to help people in this crisis.

“So I tried to buy bread flour, which is hard to find. I used Visualping to automate checks on the availability of a delivery slot. ‘

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