If you have been trying to book a Tesco home delivery slot for some time, you are not alone. Tesco has been flooded with demand for its grocery delivery service in recent weeks as more and more buyers stay at home.
With such a large order volume, Tesco is pushing those who can shop in its physical stores who have been overhauled with protective measures against the spread of COVID-19. That said, if you are not at high risk, are older, or isolate yourself, you should still go to your local store to pick up your groceries.
However, if you need a Tesco delivery, there are a number of ways to improve your chances of getting one. Here's how to best try to get a Tesco grocery delivery and how the Tesco Click & Collect service works.
Tesco grocery delivery: New slots are available all day.
According to Tesco, new slots for home delivery are made available every day. So if you need one, this is your best option to check all day. In addition, Tesco tweeted on March 24: "New slots open every day 3 weeks in advance between 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m." Now search for a delivery location on Tesco.
Gov.uk: Register for coronavirus support if you are at clinical risk.
If you are an older or vulnerable customer, make sure you are registered with the government .uk list of clinically extremely vulnerable people. Tesco has stated that it will use this register to prioritize its home delivery locations. You can register yourself or on behalf of someone else.
How to get a Tesco home delivery slot
Tesco recently announced a huge expansion in its fleet of food delivery vans and food drivers after an increase in hiring last week. This means that there are now more Tesco food delivery slots available than ever before: 780,000, more precisely from 660,000 to weeks ago.
But that doesn't mean it's free for everyone out there. Tesco prioritizes older and vulnerable people in its booking system. So, if you have been classified as risky, contact Gov.uk to register as a clinically vulnerable person. You will be asked for your NHS number – which you can find in every letter the NHS sent you or on a prescription – but you can still register if you don't have it.
Tesco uses the government register to ensure that the most vulnerable customers are prioritized. So, if you fall into this category, the best way to increase your chances of booking a Tesco delivery date is to make sure you're on the list.
And if you isolate yourself, it's best to keep trying. New Tesco home delivery slots will be added throughout the day. Check them regularly.
How does Tesco click and collect?
If you do not qualify for prioritization in the Tesco home delivery service, you can continue to order your food through its Click & Collect service. Simply select your groceries with Tesco Online and choose Click & Collect before proceeding to checkout.
There are far more slots available for this service than for home delivery. This may be safer than shopping in the store. You also don't have to queue up.