Co-op has launched its first online delivery service to use electric bikes.
The supermarket said shoppers can now order products via a dedicated website, with a courier delivering the items by electric bike within two hours for a standard £5 charge on a minimum £15 spend.
The service will initially be available to shoppers within a 4km radius of a store on the Kings Road in London’s Chelsea – before being rolled out to a further eight stores around London.
“As the leaders in convenience shopping, we want to look at different ways of bringing our award-winning products closer to shoppers, and this new service does exactly that,” said Co-op head of food digital, Chris Conway.
James FitzGerald, managing director of e-cargobikes.com, added: “We are re-imagining grocery deliveries and exploring a more sustainable transport system with our e-cargobikes that can do the same job as a van while requiring a fraction of the energy.”
The retailer plans to make online shopping available in a number of UK towns and cities. It said it was considering a number of different home delivery schemes, and recently announced a free taxi grocery delivery service at eight stores around the UK.