Tesco and Gorillas Team Up to Test 10-Minute Delivery Service

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Tesco is teaming up with the German “dark store” delivery group Gorillas to test 10-minute deliveries from its supermarkets, the first partnership of its kind.

The business will start at Tesco’s Thornton Heath store in south London and expand to four more locations in the capital over the coming months.

A range of more than 2,000 items will be delivered from mini-warehouses installed in open spaces within supermarkets.

The deal will help Tesco tackle the rapidly growing fast-paced delivery industry, which has emerged as blockages on main streets and working from home accelerated the shift to online shopping.

The market-leading grocery chain launched its own express delivery service, Whoosh, from its convenience stores earlier this year. The service operates from around sixty stores and promises delivery in one hour.

However, Whoosh faces competition from at least seven fast-growing rivals, including Weezy, Fancy, Getir and Jiffy, as well as Gorillas, which operate in cities such as London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.

The expansion has been supported by more than $ 15 billion (£ 9.8 billion) in investment worldwide since the start of the pandemic, according to financial industry analysts PitchBook.

Gorillas, which was founded in June last year and now operates in nine countries, announced last week that it had secured nearly $ 1 billion in its most recent fundraising round.

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Despite the race to attract buyers and establish itself as the go-to app on their phones, the high cost of setting up hundreds of “dark store” mini-warehouses is necessary to provide decent service. The deal with Tesco allows Gorillas to use relatively cheap available space in supermarkets that once housed items now widely purchased online, such as kitchen appliances.

Jason Tarry, Managing Director of Tesco’s UK and Irish Business, said: “The idea that we can reach our customers in just 10 minutes is really exciting. We’re committed to making it easy to be the most convenient choice for our customers, allowing them to shop when and how they want.

Adrian Frenzel, Chief Operating Officer of Gorillas, said: “The co-location partnership allows the two brands to build on their strengths and establish a faster and better grocery offering for UK consumers. . Customers will not only be able to get the best of Tesco in minutes via Gorillas, but will also be able to make the most of Tesco’s extraordinary quality range via the Gorillas app.


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