Femail reveals the alternative apps and services offering groceries and essentials within 24 hours


Supermarket websites have been strained after Boris Johnson announced the third national lockdown on Monday with shoppers racing to book delivery slots.

Both the Sainsbury’s and Tesco apps reported problems due to surging demand, while some shoppers took to Twitter to reveal they were 4,864 in the queue for an Ocado shop. 

Shoppers at some supermarkets saw empty shelves last night and today, although chains insisted they had good availability and regular deliveries to their stores.

But many savvy shoppers will be able to get their hands on groceries in 24 hours or less, with some able to pick them up in under an hour. Here, FEMAIL reveals how to get a rapid delivery of groceries to your door. Deliveroo (pictured) who work with Aldi, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s among others deliver in less than an hour

It follows chaos before the first lockdown in March when customers started panic buying items such as toilet roll despite supermarkets urging people to be sensible.

But many savvy shoppers will be able to get their hands on groceries in 24 hours or less, with some able to pick them up in under an hour.

Here, FEMAIL reveals how to get a rapid delivery of groceries to your door.

DELIVEROO

Delivery time: An hour or less  

Deliveroo has national UK coverage with on-demand delivery partnerships from Co-op, Aldi, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Majestic Wine, Farmdrop, Daylesford Organic, Wholefoods, as well as dozens of local convenience stores and garages.

The food is delivered from a store local to the user, so time varies depending on how close you live to the shop. 

UBEREATS 

Delivery time: An hour or less 

UberEats has a dedicated ‘essentials’ tab with Sainsburys and Nisa Local among the shops signed up.

There are more than 600 convenience stores signed up to the app nationwide, with items including eggs, milk and meat available. 

UberEats has a dedicated 'essentials' tab with Sainsburys and Nisa Local among the shops signed up. There are more than 600 convenience stores signed up to the app nationwide, with items including eggs, milk and meat available.

UberEats has a dedicated ‘essentials’ tab with Sainsburys and Nisa Local among the shops signed up. There are more than 600 convenience stores signed up to the app nationwide, with items including eggs, milk and meat available.

BOTHER 

Wait time: Next day delivery

Bother, a new delivery service for non-perishable household items, offers free next day delivery for shops more than £40, but there is no minimum spent.  

During the first wave of COVID-19, Bother expedited its planned launch to offer essential supplies to key workers and the NHS in an effort to relieve pressure where it was needed most, now it’s launched nationwide.

Items include toilet roll, laundry detergent, oils, tinned food, dry goods. pasta, cereal, cooking sauces, baking ingredients and hundreds more. 

Bother, a new delivery service for non-perishable household items, offers free next day delivery for shops more than £40, but there is no minimum spent.

Bother, a new delivery service for non-perishable household items, offers free next day delivery for shops more than £40, but there is no minimum spent.

SAINSBURY’S  CHOP CHOP 

Delivery time: An hour or less 

Sainsbury’s Chop Chop lets shoppers buy 20 items which will be delivered in 60 minutes or less in selected areas of Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading and Sheffield.

Options include eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, alcohol and over the counter medicine. Delivery is £4.99. 

As well as being available on Deliveroo and UberEats, Sainsbury's  has it's own app - Chop Chop - which lets shoppers buy 20 items which will be delivered in 60 minutes or less in selected areas of Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading and Sheffield

As well as being available on Deliveroo and UberEats, Sainsbury’s  has it’s own app – Chop Chop – which lets shoppers buy 20 items which will be delivered in 60 minutes or less in selected areas of Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading and Sheffield

VISUALPING 

Savvy shoppers are using an app that tracks supermarket websites to jump their way to the start of the queue to avoid waiting weeks for a delivery slot.     

Brits have signed up to Visualping, which was developed by engineers in Canada, to get alerts when Tesco, Ocado, Morrisons and Waitrose update their delivery times. 

BEELIVERY 

Delivery time: 15 minutes to an hour

Delivering across the country in less than an hour with a minimum spend of £12 using local, crowd-sourced drivers, Beelivery offers snacks, oven pizzas, milk and dairy – as well as health items, tobacco and baby items. 

VEGETARIAN EXPRESS 

Delivery time: Next day   

Vegetarian Express, the UK’s premier specialist vegan and vegetarian food supplier to chefs, has launched a new website, Vegex – featuring a range of over 700 chef-quality plant-based proteins, world ingredients, and store cupboard staples, available for delivery to households. 

Every product has been tried and tested in professional kitchens, and much of the professional range is unavailable to buy in retail stores – bringing restaurant quality food to homes. 

AMAZON FRESH 

Delivery time: Less than 24 hours

Shopping from Amazon Fresh and Morrisons is available for Prime members in selected postcodes across London and the south east with delivery slots sometimes less than an hour away but available to book up to 24 hours in advance. 

Items include eggs, milks and fresh goods as well as  meats, seafood, dairy, frozen items, and household essentials.

Shopping from Amazon Fresh and Morrisons is available for Prime members in selected postcodes across London and the south east with delivery slots sometimes less than an hour away but available to book up to 24 hours in advance.

Shopping from Amazon Fresh and Morrisons is available for Prime members in selected postcodes across London and the south east with delivery slots sometimes less than an hour away but available to book up to 24 hours in advance.

POSTCODES WHERE AMAZON FRESH IS AVAILABLE  

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TW10

TW11

WAITROSE RAPID

Delivery time: Two hours or less

Waitrose Rapid enables shoppers to have up to 25 grocery items delivered within two hours or less or on the same day, and is currently available in London, Bath and Hove. 

Items available include fresh fruit and berries, fresh herbs, milks, eggs and dairy as well as pharmacy and toiletries options and frozen food and ready meals.

Waitrose Rapid enables shoppers to have up to 25 grocery items delivered within two hours or less or on the same day, and is currently available in London, Bath and Hove. Items available include fresh fruit and berries, fresh herbs, milks, eggs and dairy as well as pharmacy and toiletries options and frozen food and ready meals.

Waitrose Rapid enables shoppers to have up to 25 grocery items delivered within two hours or less or on the same day, and is currently available in London, Bath and Hove. Items available include fresh fruit and berries, fresh herbs, milks, eggs and dairy as well as pharmacy and toiletries options and frozen food and ready meals.

HELLO ORIENTAL 

Delivery time: Next day 

Hello Oriental delivers nationwide with next day delivery, so you can treat your household to a dim sum feast, or host a sake tasting for your loved ones at home.

Customers can also shop for store cupboard essentials including condiments, seasonings, sauces, rice and noodles, as well as snacks, drinks, dim sum & dumplings, and a huge selection of fresh vegetables including more exotic ones as Thai aubergines, white radish and pandan leaves.  

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