Consumers returning to supermarkets today will be pleased to find all unsold Halloween merchandise on sale, as shelves begin to clear in preparation for Christmas.
But as we brace ourselves for a winter of shortages, many online shoppers are already asking about delivery slots during the festive holiday season.
Meanwhile supermarkets are preparing to make more slots available than usual to cope with the booming demand for online deliveries.
Here’s when some of our favourite supermarkets plan to make slots available.
Asda has been taking slot bookings for this Christmas since October 28.
The supermarket also revealed it will be hiring 15,000 temporary staff to boost its capacity across stores, depots and home delivery services over Christmas.
While deliveries from Asda cost between £1 and £4.50 for orders of at least £40, regular shoppers are entitled to a grocery delivery pass.
Sainsbury’s has announced that shoppers will be able to book delivery slots for December 20 onwards as of November 30. Just like other supermarkets, Sainsbury’s offers customers the chance to jump the queue with a special pass for £10.
The Sainsbury’s Delivery Pass grants customers the ability to view available slots ahead of time and allows up to one free delivery a day.
Free collection is also available for customers who spend £40 or more.
Waitrose has created separate slots from regular collections for customers purchasing for the supermarket’s ‘Entertaining Collection’ during the Christmas period.
“Christmas slots are from the 20th-24th December, slots for 19th December and before will be released as usual,” Waitrose has announced, advising customers to be quick off the bat to book their slots.
Tesco will be opening Christmas slots to its delivery saver customers on November 16, while non-delivery saver customers will be able to book their slots from November 23.
It costs £7.99 per month to become a Saver with Tesco, granting customers the ability to get free deliveries on purchases that go over £40.
Non-savers however pay a rate of £4.50 for all deliveries on orders over £40, and an extra charge of £4 on orders worth less.
Morrisons has opened its booking service for customers looking to collect between December 21-24. This is inclusive of 134 items from its special Christmas collection, such as turkeys, party food, wine and desserts.
This comes at a cost of a £20 deposit with a minimum spend of £20.
The supermarket’s Delivery Pass, which grants priority to pass holders and unlimited deliveries on purchases worth at least £40, costs £5 a month.
Iceland customers can book two-hour slots six days in advance up to and including Christmas Eve.
The supermarket doesn’t generally make special arrangements for Christmas.
There are no delivery charges when customers spend a minimum of £40.
Co-op offers customers the ability to book their Christmas deliveries five days in advance.
This includes orders to be delivered up to and including December 24.
That means a delivery to be made on Christmas Eve should be made at latest by December 19.
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M&S customers can pre-order their groceries for collection on December 22-24 via the Christmas Food to Order selection.
The selection includes 83 items and is free of charge for customers who make purchases of at least £40, but it comes with a non-refundable deposit.
Aldi generally doesn’t offer a delivery service, but customers can pre-order its Christmas hampers for delivery before Christmas.
The Christmas hampers will start being sent out on November 28, and customers will be able to trace their order with a tracking service.
Lidl does not offer a delivery service.