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According to Tesco, delivery slots for Christmas is launching on November 13th for delivery saver customers and November 20 for non-delivery savers. The Tesco website says: 'Slots fill up quickly. We’ve increased our home delivery and Click+Collect capacity from 660,000 slots to around 1.5 million slots, and are continuing to look at ways to increase this. To help us pick more orders, stores with an online grocery operation will open their doors a little later – from 6am. Tesco shoppers can pick from different delivery slots which range in price. Customers can pay anywhere between £2 and £7 for delivery with the cheaper fees being offered during the quietest times. There’s no doubt that getting a shopping delivery slot has been harder than usual since the UK went into lockdown eight weeks ago. Tesco - Martin Lewis was told 'slots tend to be released at.© Publicity Picture
There’s no doubt that getting a shopping delivery slot has been harder than usual since the UK went into lockdown eight weeks ago.
In an attempt to take some of the stress away, Martin Lewis’ MoneySavingExpert.com has compiled a list of top tips.
The list shows how far ahead each supermarket releases its slots and how you might get your hands on one, reports BirminghamLive.
The supermarket with the longest lead time appears to be Tesco with a massive 21 days, which assumes you know what you’ll want to eat three weeks in advance.
Waitrose and Morrisons release their slots just three days ahead.
So you might know what you want to eat but will you then have enough time to get your order in before all of the slots are quickly taken?
Here’s how the supermarket giants are operating according to Moneysavingexpert.
Three days ahead
Waitrose - used to be in partnership with Ocado but not any more.
So it might well be looking to expand times in due course.
For slots, it said it is 'advising customers to check each morning'.
Shoppers surveyed said they had success from 6am to 8am as well as randomly during the day.
Morrisons - shoppers top tip was to try just after midnight
Five days ahead
Co-op - told Martin Lewis that 'slots are launched every day, at around midnight'.
Seven days ahead
Iceland - the company said times were specific to stores, so Martin Lewis's 'Forumites' reported different results in tandem.
Sainsbury's - told Martin Lewis that 'when the slots are released will vary - there isn't a specific time and it doesn't depend on the store'.
One follower reported success every Monday.
Ocado - the online supermarket was a former partner with Waitrose but recently jumped into bed with M&S and is due start selling its products, as well as its own, from September.
It said there wasn't a fixed time when they were released, but priority customers were emailed about availability.
Once they've had a chance to book, non-priority customers are notified - via a message on the home page - and are then able to book any remaining slots.
14 days ahead
Asda - revealed that slots update as and when they become available in each area. Popular times to get a slot were typically 10pm or midnight, though some followers said between 2am and 4am.
21 days ahead
Tesco - Martin Lewis was told 'slots tend to be released at midnight for three weeks ahead' but that it's busy adding extra vans to create more slots.
Top tips include logging on ten minutes early and then trying to book after midnight.
Tesco customers have been left furious after having to wait hours in a virtual queue to secure a Christmas delivery slot.
This morning the supermarket released slots for the week starting 21 December - but only to their delivery saver customers who pay a subscription fee.
But after waking up to log on at 7am, many complained they had still not been given a slot after two-and-a-half hours of waiting.
One person posted on Twitter: 'What an absolute joke. Been a delivery customer for years, have delivery saver.
Almost two and a half hours waiting and still in the queue 😡 Goldfish casino slots free download.— Sonia Bradley (@50N1ABR4DL3Y) November 13, 2020
'Went on at 6.45am. Been in the queue for two hours and 20 minutes. What is happening? Should I just shop elsewhere this Christmas?'
Another user posted: 'Been waiting 2.5 hours now (since 6.59) in a queue for Christmas slot. What's happening? Am I lost in cyber hell somewhere?'
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Customers were faced with a message that read: 'You are currently in a queue - we'll put you through as soon as we can.'
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On its Twitter page, the supermarket posted: 'A lot of customers are using our website and app at the moment. So we're temporarily using a virtual waiting room to help manage the flow.
'We're sorry if things take a bit longer than usual.'
Anyone else still in the online Tesco queue for a Christmas slot?! #tescopic.twitter.com/f4qKOrng2l
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While some were given slots after a long wait, others were unsuccessful and forced to shop for their Christmas dinner supplies elsewhere.
Those who did manage to book complained festive essentials like turkeys were not yet available.
There was also no mention of people on the government's vulnerable list, who are entitled to priority delivery slots because of coronavirus.
@Tesco been waiting 2.5 hours now (since 6.59) in a queue for Christmas slot. What's happening? Am I lost in cyber hell somewhere?— annie (@annie6724) November 13, 2020
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A Tesco spokesman said: 'Demand for online slots over the festive period is high, and we have more slots this Christmas than ever before.
'We are experiencing high volumes of traffic to our website and groceries app and are temporarily limiting the number of customers using it.'
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They apologised for the inconvenience and claimed home delivery and click and collect slots are still available for the Christmas period.