Friday, 15 February 2013

Click & Collect

Regular readers will have gathered by now that I tend to shop online - me and crowds don't mix and, now I am back at work, weekends are for far more exciting things than traipsing through shops.  The rise of Click and Collect is a godsend for me and Matalan Click & Collect is the latest of these services that I've tried out.

Now that I am working full-time again I am finding it increasingly difficult to co-ordinate deliveries.  Being out of the house all day means that I am rarely in for parcels and arranging for parcels to be delivered to the office is not always appropriate.  For me, the ability to order online but pick my parcel up locally is the perfect middle ground.

Printed Bandana Bibs (pack of 2) £3.00


The Matalan Click & Collect service isn't instant (ie I can't order online and then drive straight over to the store to pick it up) but I did manage to pick my goods up within 3 days of placing my order.  This was much quicker than if I had arranged for delivery to my house because I would have had to wait until the weekend in order to drive to the nearest parcel collection office.  As it was, I was able to quickly nip over to Reading on my one afternoon off work, spend 5 minutes picking up my parcel and then get on with my day.

One of the best things about being able to order online is that you have access to the complete range of Matalan clothing and home products and you don't have to worry about whether or not your local store has everything in stock.  You order your items from the main online catalogue and can see instantly if they are in stock, then these are delivered to your local store and you receive a text and an email when they are ready for collection.

2 Pack of Blue Cat / Pink Stripe Sleepsuits £5.50


The pick-up process was very easy.  There was a member of staff at the tills with a big red t-shirt on dedicated to click & collect. I went armed with a copy of my email order confirmation and the card I had used to pay.  I was in and out in a matter of minutes.

I took the opportunity to stock up on a few baby essentials such as dribble bibs, vests and sleepsuits as I know these are something Matalan do well at a low price.  I also splashed out on a cardigan for me to wear for work - it feels good to spoil myself every once in a while.

Waterfall Cardigan £14.  Image courtesy of Matalan


Disclosure: Matalan sent me a contribution towards my order for me to try out their new service.
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