Virus leads to record sales of groceries online

Kolonial.noKolonial.no.Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix
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Capacity has exploded at Norway’s largest online grocery store. The number of orders on Friday is set to be 250 per cent more than the same day last year.

Kolonial.no is now considering hiring external courier companies to meet demand, writes E24.

“We have never had such a capacity challenge before,” general manager Karl Munthe-Kaas told the website.

On Friday morning, they are preparing to deliver goods one and two days later than normal. Shopping baskets have also been larger than usual. Among other things, customers have ordered 20 times more bottled water than usual and also far more dry goods and cans, Kolonial.no states.

Meny.no, Norway’s second largest grocery store on the Internet, has so far not noticed any changes, but expect an increase in the coming weeks.

In China, CNBC grocery operators have seen a quadruple increase in orders, writes E24. Here, one of the largest e-commerce delivery services has launched miniature vehicles with contactless payment to minimize human contact.

Colonial tells E24 that their drivers have little direct contact with customers, but that they will introduce stricter guidelines to minimize the risk of infection.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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