‘Please put elderly first’ – Waterford shoppers asked to free up Tesco deliveries slots for vulnerable
One of Ireland’s largest supermarkets is calling on Waterford residents that can travel to their stores to do so in an effort to free up delivery slots for the elderly and vulnerable.
Tesco, which has five stores in Waterford – Tramore, Ballybeg, Lisduggan, Poleberry, Ardkeen – is struggling to cope with the increase in people looking to utilise their home delivery service, which it said is “maxed out.”
The supermarket giant has called on customers who are capable of shopping to do so.
Speaking on Newstalk, Tesco Ireland’s Chief Operations Officer Geoff Byrne said: “There are a lot of able-bodied, healthy people who probably could get to a shop.
“We’d really like to free up slots where we can for over-65s.
“There’s huge demand for our home shopping service… people can’t get slots,” Mr Byrne explained.
Tesco has already implemented exclusive shopping for the over 65’s before 9am but is asking the public to do more to aid the elderly and vulnerable.
Mr Byrne also explained that Tesco has hired 350 people to deal with the upsurge in activity in their stores and says more people will be hired this week.