UK retailers offer home delivery in ROI
Asda says it would "love" to offer a home delivery service in the Republic and owner Wal-Mart is already buying up Irish internet domain names
8 March 2009
Asda’s American owner Wal-Mart Stores has registered a number of Irish internet domain names, which could enable Asda to offer a home delivery service to southern customers, the Sunday Tribune has reported.
A company spokesperson previously said “offering home shopping to Irish customers is something we would love to be able to do.” However issues with euro pricing would have to be overcome first, she added.
A spokeswoman confirmed to ShelfLife that Asda would be interested in this in the future, “but in terms of the logistics it is too early to speculate.”
Asda’s entertainment division already offers free delivery to addresses in the Republic. However the spokeswoman added, “Presently deliveries in Northern Ireland range from around £4” but Asda could not speculate on ROI delivery prices, “as again full logistics would need to be explored.”
Wal-Mart has set up a number of Irish webites including asda.ie, walmart.ie, wal-mart.ie and samsclub.ie. However the asda.ie domain currently sends visitors to the walmart.com site.
Meanwhile a spokesperson for Sainsbury’s told ShelfLife that home delivery was “not something on the agenda at the minute.”
Currently Sainsbury’s home delivery service is available from just the Sprucefield store in the North, and while there are plans to expand the service in Northern Ireland, this is not currently the case for the Republic.