There are times when nipping into the supermarket is the best option, and I’m a huge fan of home deliveries, but sometimes, a third option would be handy, and ASDA have such an option. It’s called Click & Collect.
Have you ever headed to the supermarket for a few bits, only to emerge an hour later, slightly broken from the experience of trying to remember what you actually needed while batting back unrelenting requests for comics from your toddler who is simultaneously emptying a shelf of breakables?
Or have you placed an online grocery order, feeling quite smug that you’re being all organized, only to find you could really do with nipping out but need to stay in for the delivery window?
ASDA Click & Collect combines the convenience of being able to order in your own time from home and have someone else do all the picking and packing with the flexibility of collecting the shopping yourself. Simply place your order online, choose a two-hour collection slot, and pull into the special Click & Collect bay outside your local ASDA to collect your shopping.
We placed our order online the night before collection. I was especially impressed to find that you can checkout right up until midnight the night before.
Finding what we needed was simple. The website is divided logically into the main types of food, with sub-categories that match the aisle organization you’d find in-store. Everything that you’d find on the shelves is also online, so it’s easy to do a normal shop and definitely quicker – plus I was able to catch up on Great British Bake Off at the same time.
I had just that day planned our meals for the three days ahead, so I ordered a few basics such as milk, cheese and bread along with the vegetables, fruit, salad, pasta, rice, frozen mince and tofu that I needed for our main meals.
With the search function (top right), I actually think it’s easier to get the best deals than when in store. You can clearly see all the prices and options on screen to avoid any surprises when checking out. It even reminds you if you’ve missed any multi-buy opportunities before you complete your purchase.
Next, I chose a collection slot. Again, really easy-just click the time you want and it’s reserved for you. The best part, all is that all that picking and packing is done free of charge.
Once I had checked out I received an email confirming my order with a list of everything I’d chosen and directions for where we could find the collection point. This email also included a reminder of our slot time and reference to take with us for a smooth pick up.
In the morning, I spent time with the kids, got some work done and then we went out and had lunch with my mum before pulling in to the ASDA car park just before the end of our slot. It was really convenient.
Here’s the collection bay – nice and easy to spot!
We pulled in by the side of the van and a man hopped out and took my details before going through the order with me and explaining where substitutions had been made. Each one of them we were perfectly happy with (one brand of cheese for another, for example) and which he explained we could hand back for a refund if we wished.
He then loaded up the boot for us, taking care to put the bread to one side and made it clear which bags contained the frozen and refrigerated items.
And that was that – we drove home and unpacked. The kids were really pleased and not a little surprised to be able to skip trawling round the supermarket and the whole thing went without a hitch.
So, would I use ASDA Click & Collect again? Yes.
Placing orders for delivery is very convenient for when I’m working from home, and although we do like dropping into the store as a family from time to time, the Click & Collect service allows us the flexibility to drop in and pick up our shopping without the faff of pushing the trolley around.
I’d recommend you try ASDA Click & Collect for yourself. And if you do, don’t forget to pop back and let me know how you get on.
Disclosure: This post has been commissioned in association with ASDA and SheKnows.