Tesco has launched a pilot with rapid-delivery company, Gorillas, to offer Tesco customers the chance to get their favourite products in just 10 minutes.

From 12pm today (28 October), Tesco products will be available to purchase on the Gorillas app and immediately delivered to customers in a selected area.

The partnership will see Gorillas set up micro-fulfilment sites at five large Tesco stores, where they will pick, pack and deliver to customers in the time it takes to pre-heat the oven. The first micro-fulfilment site will use excess warehouse space within the Thornton Heath Tesco store and stock a selection of around 2,000 products.

Combining Tesco’s in depth understanding of its customers with Gorillas’ experience in rapid delivery will ensure the service can offer a fantastic selection of products to meet customers’ last minute needs, from forgotten items such as nappies or milk, to dinner for that evening.

Tesco is the largest online food retailer in the UK, delivering to 99.8% of UK postcodes and with over 400 Click & Collect locations. This partnership will add yet another convenient service to Tesco’s online offer, catering to those that want food for now.

This year, Tesco also rolled out Tesco Whoosh, a 60-minute grocery delivery service, to around 50 Express stores and now expects to reach 100 stores by the end of the year. Tesco Whoosh has been particularly popular with customers looking to make their top-up shop even more convenient.

Jason Tarry, Tesco UK & ROI CEO said, “The idea that we can reach our customers in just ten minutes is really exciting. We are committed to being easily the most convenient choice for our customers, enabling them to shop whenever and however they want. This pilot with Gorillas will help customers get their products right away, supporting those looking to buy food for tonight or last minute forgotten items. We look forward to hearing what our customers think.”

Adrian Frenzel, Gorillas COO said, We’re thrilled to be announcing this first-of-its-kind commercial and real estate partnership with Tesco. As a fast-paced company at the forefront of the on demand grocery industry, we are always looking for ways to innovate, and this co-location partnership will bring unprecedented value to our customers in the UK who will now have the possibility to be delivered the best of Tesco within minutes thanks to Gorillas.”

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