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Waitrose Delivery

Ever supermarket does it, it is home delivery, but what one is the best?
I have in the past tried a few of the leading supermarkets take on home delivery and have never been really satisfied with the results as the food delivered was either close to its use by date, packaging was damaged, tins were dented, the list goes. But I thought I would give it one last try with Waitrose.
I am glad I did as the service is excellent, you can order from either on the web or via the Waitrose phone app and it is just like all the other supermarkets where you pick your time slot, order your goods and also have the day before your delivery to amend your order.

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But one thing that really made Waitrose stand out from all the others was the after sales service. On the very first delivery two of my items were close to their use by date and instead like the other supermarkets that you would just have to use these items first or freeze them where possible, Waitrose add a kind note to your delivery notice “We are sorry that some of your items are close to the used by date so instead of not including them in your order we have given them to you for free of charge.” I could not quite believe that some of my shopping was for free, no other supermarket has ever done this, in fact Waitrose is the only supermarket to do this. If I thought that was good service on another delivery experience I ordered a bag of Lemons and one of them looked a bit worse for wear and unsalvageable so I called customer services and they took my delivery number and not only did they refund me the full value of the item in question (£1.50) but also gave me a further £1.50 refund and said it was there way of saying sorry to give customers a double refund, result.
When your items are delivered the drivers are always well presented, polite and above all extremely helpful, they offer to carry your goods into your kitchen and items are placed in appropriate labelled bags i.e. freezer items, fridge items, cupboard items and instead of giving you all of your shopping at once, you are given it in the order that is most important, freezer items first, then fridge items, fragile items and then the remainder of your shopping.
There are a few improvements that could be made, such as a large choice of its own branded essential items and lowering the cost of how much you spend to get free delivery but other than that it is a truly wonderful service that has made me want to use Waitrose for my grocery shopping.

Shop & Wrap

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I have not had much time to blog but then like everyone else I am Christmas shopping and wrapping gifts, luckily for me I am only getting stocking fillers as I finished all my main Christmas shopping way back at the end of October.
It seems like most people are leaving things to the last minute as per usual but this time hoping to get a good deal but as every shop is competing all year round, the deals always seem to be there come rain or shine and no matter what month of the year it is.
Shops have changed but looks like people are still thinking that you will get the best deal at the last minute.

Champagne Tea

Over the bank holiday weekend, other than setting up mum and Hayley's new iPads, we all took a breather from the iPads and did the rounds of the local charity shops in Banstead and Reigate. We had mainly good weather apart from one slight down pour that gave us the perfect opportunity to grab a cup of tea and a hot buttered toasted tea cake.

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The day was finished off with a fish and chip supper.
Being the bank holiday we all knew that where ever we decided to go on the Sunday it would be packed and after a failed attempt to check out the new refitted Woodcote garden centre I decided to put on a posh Champagne afternoon tea with sandwiches cakes, tea, coffee and champagne, it gave me a chance to use the superb cake stand that had been bought for my birthday last year.

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Quick Enough To Take

Another good day with the knee recovery, I think the combination of the tablets and the lighter knee support worn throughout the day is working.
I needed to run a favour for Ian today, nipping down to PCWorld and grab a wifi dongle for his new Internet connection, all sounds good so far. Getting the item was straight forward enough and doing the usual click and collect service goes without a glitch until I have a spur of the moment impulse buy for Wayne.
Typical, after that grief you have to endure in a shop so heavenly staffed on the floor and so little staff in the checkouts and the same is for returning items.
Yes I had to return an item and I could not believe how many questions I was asked in order to get a refund when only a few feet away was a six feet high printed poster behind the cashiers desk promoting about retuning your item with no problems.
That is another thing that gets my goat! Why is it a retail store and that is any (sorry Apple even you guys), can take your payment quicker than you can blink and yet when you want a refund the retailer tells you it can take anything up to five days for the transaction to be credited back to your card.
What is this all about? The middle man needs to sort it out. Come on, this kind of procedure is all about ones and zeros on a terminal.