In a new 6-month trial, Countdown shoppers can order their groceries online in the morning and collect them on the way home when they catch the train, bus or ferry. The service will be available from five transport facilities across Auckland, saving a trip to the supermarket.
In a first for Auckland, Countdown has teamed up with Auckland Transport (AT) to introduce secure online grocery Click & Collect collection points at the following five transport facilities:
- Albany Bus Station
- New Lynn Transport Centre
- Orakei Train Station
- Matiatia Ferry Terminal (Waiheke Island)
- Downtown Car Park
The service is being rolled out as a trial, with a view to offering it in other locations if successful. Currently the five transport hubs service more than 95,000 AT HOP card users and customers every day.
Countdown’s Head of Online Sally Copland says as Auckland’s population continues to grow, Countdown expects to see an evolution in the way people shop for groceries. “Click & Collect lockers and pick up points at transport centres will play a part in making life easy for Aucklanders as the city continues to grow as a cosmopolitan hub, and more and more people embrace public transport,” says Copland.
“We are already seeing the traditional once-a-week shop being replaced by smaller, more frequent shops. This also means that supermarket shopping won’t take up as much kitchen storage as customers look to buy more fresh produce regularly, and will be light enough to carry home as part of the commute home on public transport. The Click & Collect offering at transport facilities aims to make life easy for those commuting to the outer suburbs by saving them a trip to the supermarket on the way home. Countdown first introduced online grocery shopping 20 years ago and today we fill more than 23,000 online orders each week.”