Asda@tHome will launch in Scotland this month as a roll out of the online service resumes. Asda will introduce the service from its Hamilton store in East Kilbride on September 30.

A spokeswoman said it also planned to offer Asda@tHome from its West Bridgford store in Nottingham from October 7.

Roll out of the service had been on hold since the end of 2002 as Asda concentrated on improving service levels on existing operations.

It closed down two London depots in spring 2002 as it moved from depot to store- based fulfilment. The service
had been available from 32 stores, but was taken out of two stores in June due to lack of demand. A spokeswoman said: “The strategy is still to concentrate on the stores which have the service, rather than having a rapid roll out.”

Sainsbury has also resumed a roll out of its online service - on hold since the start of the year as it reviewed “service levels and efficiencies”.

Sainsbury’s to You is now available from 82 stores, up from 71 at the start of 2003.

Waitrose has yet to continue a roll out of its WaitroseDeliver service, which has been available from 32 stores since the start of the year.

However a spokeswoman said an additional 34 stores in the London area were now covered by its online sister service Ocado.
Anne Bruce