The first two Argos stores have today opened inside branches of Sainsbury’s, bringing same-day collection of the general merchandiser’s core product range to a new group of shoppers.
Shoppers in North Cheam, Surrey, and Nantwich in Cheshire who order from a choice of 20,000 Argos products by 1pm can now pick them up in-store from 4pm the same day. They can order in the store using tablet computers with the aid of in-store staff, or from their own home or mobile device. Argos says around half of its total sales now start online, with around 90% of customers visiting one of 755 stores to pick up their goods.
Steve Carson, director of retail and customer operations at Argos , said: “Working with Sainsbury’s will help us to bring the convenience of the Argos offer to more customers. This is the first time we have had stores in these specific locations. I’m delighted to bring our very latest digital stores to customers inside their local Sainsbury’s. I am particularly pleased with how our teams have worked together to make sure customers have the best experience of this very new partnership.”
A further eight stores, ranging in size from between 1,000 sq ft to 5,000 sq ft, are scheduled to open over the summer at West Hove; Crayford; Calcot; Bognor Regis; Durham; Rustington; Drumchapel and Keighley.
Sainsbury’s retail and operations director Roger Burnley, said the move widened choice for its supermarket shoppers.
“This partnership with Argos is one of a series of steps we are taking to ensure we continue to offer our customers a wide range of products at great value and to make their shopping more convenient,” he said. “We are looking forward to working with Argos to ensure the best availability and shopping experience for our customers.”