Asda trials delivering food orders while customers are out in bid to sustain online shopping momentum

Asda is trialling delivering unattended food orders, allowing drivers to drop off customers’ shopping when no one is home. Read more: Asda trials delivering food orders while customers are out in bid to sustain online shopping momentum

Asda trials delivering food orders while customers are out in bid to sustain online shopping momentum

Asda is trialling delivering unattended food orders, allowing drivers to drop off customers’ shopping when no one is home.

The trial allows shopping to be delivered within a four-hour window when the customer is out by dropping it into boxes fixed outside the shopper’s home.

It comes as supermarkets aim to sustain the momentum in online shopping as the UK emerges from coronavirus restrictions.

Drivers enter a one-time code allowing them access to the box to make a single delivery, which can include chilled and frozen items, before locking it until the customer arrives home.

Asda said the trial is focused on a few locations in Yorkshire, the North East, Wales and the South, and includes two box sizes allowing delivery of up to four or six bags of shopping.

Simon Gregg, vice president of online grocery at Asda, said: “We are pleased to be trialling an unattended delivery service as we continue to innovate and learn from new initiatives to help enhance our grocery home shopping offer.

“As things begin to open up again, the boxes provide a convenient way for customers involved in the trial to take delivery of their regular shop while they are not at home.”

Asda customers taking part in the trial were advised to remove chilled and frozen items from the box after four hours from when they were dropped off.

Insulating materials are used to maintain the correct temperatures when shopping is placed in the box and to insure items are unaffected by hot or cold weather.

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Twitter launches ‘tip jar’ to let users send money to favourite accounts

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Twitter launches ‘tip jar’ to let users send money to favourite accounts

Twitter has launched a new “tip jar” feature which will allow people to send money to others on the site.

To begin with, only a select group of people will be able to receive tips, including journalists, experts and content creators.

The social media giant says the feature is “an easy way to support the incredible voices that make up the conversation”.

The tip jar function will add a small icon next to a user’s profile with a drop-down menu for payment providers such as PayPal and Venmo.

However, the feature has come under fire for exposing personal information, such as email addresses.

Because the payment is made through external systems, some users have noticed that tipping a PayPal account notifies the recipient of the sender’s postal address.

After the issue was highlighted by security expert Rachel Tobac, Twitter thanked her for the “good catch” but said they could not control how PayPal handled the information.

Twitter said it would update the information around the feature to make it clear that details may be shared.

Meanwhile, PayPal said the issue was down to the Twitter tip jar using its “goods and services” payment option, which shares details for shipping.

PayPal encouraged people to use the “friends and family” option during payment to avoid the issue.

Twitter said that more people will be able to use the system soon, but there are some concerns about the way it will be used.

Journalists are typically banned from accepting gifts and it is unclear how news organisations would use them.

The new feature is the latest experimental move from Twitter, after seeing user growth slow down in recent years.

Earlier this month, it purchased Scroll, a service that removes adverts from participating news websites.

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