Aldi has announced that it is axing its online delivery of Specialbuys later this year.
The Specialbuy aisle has long been an Ideal Home secret for sourcing on-trend furniture, cookware and even DIY supplies at amazing prices. We rejoiced when it recreated the aisle experience online with a home delivery option, with many cult homeware buys being available exclusively online.
We have waited in virtual queues to snap up the cult Aldi egg chair and the sellout Aldi heated airer. However, as of later this year, the only way to get your hands on a Specialbuy will be to head in-store to the middle of Aldi.
The decision to withdraw Aldi’s online home delivery option will start with the store withdrawing its wine and spirits delivery later this month.
An Aldi spokesperson said: ‘We keep our prices low by being the most efficient retailer in Britain and we have therefore taken the decision to stop selling wine and spirits online for home delivery from later this month.
‘We will also stop selling our Specialbuys online for home delivery later this year.
‘We are working with our colleagues to understand the impact of this change for our people.
‘This will involve exploring different options for our colleagues across Aldi.’
It is not clear when exactly the online operation for Specialbuys will be winding down, but a report from The Grocer suggests it could be Autumn. The change to the website comes after Aldi’s huge sales growth led the retailer to decide to axe the costs of an online business.
Instead, the retailer is planning to focus its efforts on expanding its number of stores across the UK. Aldi currently has over 950 stores, and plans to open its 1,000th this year.
That should come as some good news to fans who currently don’t have an Aldi nearby, if things go to plan there could be one opening very soon!
In recent years, Aldi has expanded its bulky furniture offerings, including a scalloped bed frame and even a rattan wardrobe. It is still unclear how these types of Specialbuys will be affected by the new decision.
We have contacted Aldi for more information and will let you know further details on the best way to get your hands on Specialbuys going forward.
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