Tesco has launched the first drive-through facility at a UK supermarket, letting customers pick up pre-ordered shopping without leaving their car.

The trial begins at the Tesco Extra in Baldock, Herts, this evening.

Customers ordering their shopping online now have a ‘Click and Collect’ option to book a two-hour collection during which they can collect their shopping.

“This will be especially popular with busy mums that have the school run and children’s activities to manage,” said Laura Wade-Gery, chief executive of Tesco’s online business.

"It offers a solution to parents that want to avoid shopping in a busy store with children in tow but can’t afford the time to stay in for the shop to arrive to their door.”

She added: "We also expect it to help young professionals who want the convenience of a pre-picked and packed shop but who cannot commit to waiting at home for delivery.

They can collect their shop on their way home from work or any other time that suits them during our extensive collection hours."

The trial comes after Tesco opened its latest dotcom store in Greenford, West London, introducing an earlier 7am delivery time for local customers. Its fleet of delivery vans will run on landfill gas.

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