Christmas is still months away but supermarkets are already preparing for the festive season.
Several large retailers have already confirmed when their Christmas delivery slots will become available.
Delivery slots were in high demand last year due to the coronavirus pandemic and are expected to be popular again this year, reports the Mirror.
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Below, we’ve pulled together what we know so far about securing your Christmas shopping from Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and more.
Ahead of the festive season suppliers have warned that goods like toys, Prosecco and turkey could be in short supply this year.
The issues are being caused by a mixture of coronavirus delays and post-Brexit rules, while retailers are still dealing with a shortfall of HGV drivers.
Here’s what we know about Christmas delivery slots so far:
Tesco customers who are signed up to its Delivery Saver service will be able to book slots from 6am on November 16.
If you’re not signed up to Delivery Saver, its regular slots will become available from 6am on November 23.
Delivery Saver costs £7.99 per month and gives shoppers free deliveries on orders worth more than £40.
Other deliveries are charged a flat fee of £4.50, or £5.50 if you’re ordering from a fulfilment centre.
There is also an extra charge of £4 if your order is less than £40.
Marks and Spencer
Marks & Spencer has opened its Food to Order service for Christmas 2021, which means you can now order your festive shop for collection in store.
As this isn’t a delivery service, you do need to be able to pick up your order in store.
All orders are subject to a £40 deposit which must be paid online, with the remaining amount to be paid in stores when you collect.
M&S says there are collection slots available for between December 22 and December 24.
Asda has not yet announced when its delivery slots for Christmas will become available.
Last year’s slots were released in November, so it could be a few weeks to wait until you secure your spot.
Asda deliveries cost between £1 and £7, depending on the time and day you order, with a minimum spend of £40.
Sainsbury’s also hasn’t released details of when its Christmas delivery slots for 2021 will be released.
Last year, its slots became available toward the end of November, starting from November 29.
Sainsbury’s orders above £40 cost between £2 and £4.50 for delivery, while orders under this amount cost £7.
Shops worth £100 or more which are booked for delivery from Monday to Thursday after 2pm can be delivered for free.
Iceland hasn’t allowed customers to book Christmas slots in advance in previous years – instead, it releases delivery slots six days in advance as normal.
If this is the case this year, you’ll want to keep an eye out from November 14 for delivery on December 20.
Iceland delivery is free on orders over £40 – anything under this amount is charged £3.
Morrisons shoppers will have to wait a little longer before they can book their Christmas delivery slot.
The supermarket hasn’t confirmed when its delivery times will become available, but it released them from early November last year.
Morrisons offers a series of delivery passes that entitle you to free delivery anytime for specified periods.
The anytime pass, which covers deliveries any day of the week, is available for a month (£8), for six months (£40) or annually (£65).
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