United Wholesale (Scotland) has signed a long-term deal with Glasgow-based technology firm DrinkSorted to provide a home delivery service for retail customers.
The DrinkSorted app will be made available to stores that are part of the United Wholesale customer network, including 500 Day-Today and USave shops, and around 1,000 independent convenience stores.
United Wholesale and DrinkSorted expect the app to handle over 250,000 orders each month, with an average basket spend of £22.
DrinkSorted was originally set up to provide home delivery of alcoholic drinks within one hour, and has since expanded its offer to include a full range of grocery products.
The platform has three mobile phone apps: one for shoppers, one for delivery drivers and one for merchants. When shoppers download the app it identifies the nearest store providing deliveries.
There is no minimum spend and the goods are priced the same as in-store, with a small delivery charge added. Retailers retain full control over instant pricing and offers.
Chris Gallacher, managing director of United Wholesale (Scotland), said: “Scotland’s convenience stores are at the heart of their local communities, and throughout the coronavirus pandemic we have continued supplying them to ensure they can provide groceries for their customers.
“With the addition of the DrinkSorted app, it will make our retailers even more convenient for customers with quick delivery of essential items without them ever leaving their homes.
“It also ensures local stores can take a slice of the online grocery shopping spend from the big supermarkets in the UK, which is the fastest growing purchase channel in terms of value and growth.”
Deepak Bali, ceo of DrinkSorted, added: “These are difficult times for convenience stores and customers, so we’re delighted that millions of people will now be able to use our home delivery app in Scotland and across the rest of the UK.
“This will not only transform the growing home delivery market for consumers who are staying at home, but it will help shopkeepers survive the inevitable economic downturn.
“It will also change the way people purchase basic impulse products going forward and it will help local stores to increase current turnovers.”
United Wholesale (Scotland) operates three cash and carry depots in Scotland, two in Glasgow and one in Grangemouth.