May 16, 2002, 12:00 AM

In the U.K., Tesco raises delivery rates for popular time slots

Tesco, which had been charging five British pounds (about US$8) for delivery services since its launch five years ago, now is testing charges between 3.99 and 6.49 pounds, with the higher rate for Friday nights.

 

While some online grocery delivery services are cutting rates to entice shoppers, Britain`s largest online grocery service is raising rates to subdue the weekend rush. Tesco plc, which had been charging five British pounds (about US$8) for delivery services since its launch five years ago, now is testing charges between 3.99 and 6.49 pounds.

The company is offering the lower prices for less popular delivery slots and the higher ones for Friday night delivery, which has the heaviest demand. The pricing test is running at about 10 Tesco stores.

 

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