UK grocery starts delivery service for college students

Written by James Shea

The Morrisons, the UK’s fourth-largest grocery chain, has started a delivery service aimed at college students. The Doorstep Delivery service is launching at the Birley and Cambridge Halls at Manchester Met University and aimed at the thousands of young people who are self-isolating in halls and campuses.

Manchester Met has been particularly affected by the lockdown measures. Around 1,500 have been asked to self-isolate. Students at those campuses will be able to email the market and place an order. Students can choose from five different food boxes and drink choices will be available.

“Students have asked for our help and that’s why we are making sure they can safely access affordable food at this very difficult time.” Morrisons Chief Executive David Potts said. “We’re playing our full part in feeding the nation so that no one is left behind.”

Moving forwards the students will be able to place their order by 2 p.m. for delivery that evening. If successful, the service will be rolled out to other universities across the country.  Students can also utilize the Morrisons on Amazon service, which includes free same-day delivery, and Morrisons service on Deliveroo, where they can order from over 200 grocery items with delivery in as little as under 30 minutes. 

Morrisons first launched its Doorstep Delivery service in April 2020 to help ensure vulnerable and elderly people could get the groceries they need.  These customers can order their groceries over the phone. Since then the service has been expanded so anyone who is self-isolating can use the service.

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