Online groceries platform Snappy Shopper is to deliver for free to over-60s after seeing its business more than double during the coronavirus crisis.
The Dundee-based business which provides an Ocado-style service for convenience stores across the UK is also handing out hygiene packs to Snappy Shopper delivery drivers and customers.
Chief executive Mark Steven said: “We have seen unprecedented demand on our platform as customers look for a convenient, secure and safe means to purchase products and have them delivered rapidly.
“Our aim is to provide a service that our communities trust and can rely on in these difficult of times.”
Until further notice, customers aged over-60 can use the code OVER60 on orders over £10 to claim free delivery, a move supported by Snappy Shopper’s partner retailers. The free service is targeted at older people who may have to self-isolate and are unable to go to their local shop for essentials.
Steven added: “Our service is invaluable to local communities where we aim to protect and support our retailers and their customers. Home delivery for at-risk groups and those self-isolating with symptoms is a crucial service, particularly where they are unable to rely upon friends or relatives to help.”
Snappy Shopper, which is backed by investors including Kelvin Capital, technology investor Mercia and the Scottish Investment Bank, was launched last year with small shops in Dundee but has expanded UK-wide.
Its most successful stores have racked up £10,000 per week in home delivery sales and Tte average basket spend is £21.
Since Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised people to keep travel and social contact to a minimum, Snappy Shopper has seen 115% growth in platform sales and a 62% rise in customer transactions.