Sainsbury's home shopping operation has teamed up with unattended home delivery firm Homeport in a bid to reduce the costs and inconvenience of fulfilling narrow delivery slots and making return trips because customers are out. Homeport customers are issued with secure boxes designed to receive goods ordered over the net or on the telephone while they are away from home. "Retailers can save up to 30% by using our service because they don't have to fit in with customers' time slots," said Homeport's marketing director Mark Lunn. Homeport charges customers £30 to install a box plus a small weekly fee for using the service. Sainsbury will trial the system with ambient goods using select customers across London in early December and has plans to roll out the service after Christmas with chilled and frozen lines. {{NEWS }}