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Blakemore Retail Invests in Delivery Vans to Meet Snappy Shopper Demand

June 25, 2020

Delivery vans

Blakemore Retail has invested in six brand new delivery vans to keep up with demand for Snappy Shopper home deliveries.

The vans have been deployed to six Blakemore Retail stores in England and Wales: Brunswick Road in Flintshire; Intake in South Yorkshire; Newbold in Derbyshire; Scartho in Lincolnshire; Stoneydelph in Staffordshire; and Treherbert in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Blakemore Retail Senior Fresh Food Coach Jamie Parkman, who is overseeing the Snappy Shopper operation, commented: “A change in shopping habits over recent months has seen customer demand for home deliveries grow significantly.

“Having the vans will enable us to keep up with this demand and increase our catchment areas so that we can serve more local communities.

“The company’s investment in new vans shows its willingness and determination to evolve and adapt to a changing market, which will certainly help us stay ahead of our competitors.”   

The six stores that the vans have been deployed to are all hub stores for Blakemore Retail’s Snappy Shopper operation, which means that they supply the deliveries.

Each of the six shops have employed three dedicated Snappy Shopper drivers, who will cover delivery hours of 10am to 8pm seven days a week. The drivers will be responsible for picking, packing and transacting orders as well as delivering them.

A.F. Blakemore first signed up to the Snappy Shopper app in April. Customers can choose from more than 1,000 SPAR products and get them delivered straight to their door within an hour.

Blakemore Retail currently has 73 stores registered on the Snappy Shopper app. This includes 37 hub stores and 36 satellite stores. Blakemore Trade Partners also has 37 independently owned stores signed up to the app.

On average Blakemore Retail is making 1,400 home deliveries via Snappy Shopper per week. In the week ending 20th June, the average was 39 deliveries per store.

Blakemore Retail now also has two Subway stores live on the Snappy Shopper app, and both are performing well. SPAR Brunswick Road is averaging 20 Subway orders per day on the platform.

The business is about to launch a pilot with Snappy Shopper offering a click and collect service through the app. 

Locating SPAR on Snappy Shopper app

Blakemore Retail currently has 73 SPAR stores registered on the Snappy Shopper app 

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