The German discount retailers Aldi and Lidl have become more and more popular for bargain-hunting consumers over the years. One of the reasons they have been able to keep their prices so low is that they haven’t branched out into online shopping and delivery operations. Is that about to change?
Aldi Online Shopping
The Aldi online store opened in 2016, originally offering Aldi wine delivery only. You can browse Aldi’s ranges of products on their website, but you can’t actually order them online. The only items that you can order online from Aldi are wine, Specialbuys, and sometimes large items like garden furniture. Aldi Specialbuys are exclusive limited deals on homewares, electrical goods, and clothing which launch every Sunday and Thursday.
Aldi Home Delivery
While you cannot use the Aldi delivery service to order groceries online, it is possible to order selected products for home delivery. Aldi online delivery costs from £2.95 to £6.95, depending on the size of the items and the speed of delivery. There is no minimum spend, but standard delivery is free for orders over £20. You can choose your delivery date from Monday to Friday within 2 weeks of the order date. You can also collect orders via CollectPlus.
Lidl Online Shopping
So far it has not been possible to do your Lidl shop online. However, the launch of Lidl Digital Logistics towards the end of 2019 sparked rumours about them opening an online store, not just a website advertising products available in Lidl stores. Lidl already offers home delivery in Italy and most recently Dublin, Ireland – so a UK launch seems more and more likely. It is also likely, however, that Lidl will only offer wine and non-food products.
Lidl online delivery in the UK could be just around the corner according to developments throughout Lidl’s European business operations. The Lidl delivery service in Italy offers same-day delivery, and in Ireland, they can deliver within an hour. The difference is that this service makes it possible to order a full grocery shop from Lidl online, which may not happen in the UK. Keep an eye out for announcements from Lidl in the coming months.