Leading UK budget retail chain Poundland is set to trail a new home delivery service – but only for certain customers.
After being quietly launched back in February, the trial scheme – which has over 2,000 products available to order – is believed to currently only be available for 18,000 workers and “selected guests”.
It’s the first time Poundland has made its bargain products available to buy online.
The discount retailer has also said it will trial a click and collect service, although it’s not clear if it has already started doing this.
It’s said that Poundland has been working on building its digital presence since July last year as part of a huge transformation programme.
Although it hasn’t been explained how it decided which customers would take part in the trial, or whether it’s based on people who are near to its Cannock, Staffordshire store – which is the location being used to pick orders – the chain said the pilot would be opened up to the public in due course.
A spokesperson for Poundland said: “The launch of a pilot online service is just one part of our exciting transformation plans, offering customers new ranges and new services”.
David Jinks MILT – Head of Consumer Research at Parcel Hero – said: “Poundland was forced to mothball 120 of its stores last year because of the impact of COVID.
“The pandemic has taken its toll on our town centres and there’s no going back.
“Poundland has belatedly woken up and smelled its discounted coffee [and] although the initial trial is low-key, it is taking e-commerce seriously”.
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I’m A Celebrity line-up announced for brand new all-star series in South Africa
The all-star line-up for I’m A Celebrity… South Africa has been announced, with some massive Manchester celebs taking part.
The brand new show is due to air in April and will see some of the series’ most memorable campmates heading to a new setting in South Africa.
And that’s just part of the first wave of celebrity contestants – more famous faces will take part in I’m A Celebrity… South Africa, entering the camp as the series goes on.
The new series will ‘push them to their limits and test them like never before’, ITV has said, promising bigger and tougher challenges and an even harsher environment.
Also taking part from the launch episode will be Diversity star Jordan Banjo, TV presenter Carol Vorderman, Olympian Fatima Whitbread, former royal butler Paul Burrell, ex-England cricketer Phil Tufnell, and supermodel Janice Dickinson.
ITV said: “Whilst nodding back to the Australian jungle, I’m A Celebrity…South Africa is a uniquely different series so viewers can look forward to lots of unexpected twists and turns.”
The trailer also shows the celebs taking part in pre-recorded challenges, taking on everything from nasty food to terrifying heights.
I’m A Celebrity… South Africa will air on ITV1 and ITVX from April 2023.
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Commentator Arlo White shows off what the Old Trafford gantry walk looks like
Ever wondered what it’s like to be up in the gantry in a football stadium, say, Old Trafford? Well, we certainly have.
You see the odd shot of the commentators sat there on the telly from time to time but it never really gives much away either and, at some venues, it’s quite a ways up there. There’s a little bit of allure behind these mysterious parts of footy grounds that most fans will never get to see.
After hours of mindless scrolling on the social media app, we stumbled across the well-known sports commentator‘s channel where he’s been showing off what it’s like to go in the gantry and one of them is his long walk to crow’s nest up at the Theatre of Dreams.
As it turns out, Arlo’s been doing these videos for a couple of years now, revealing how the gantry looks not only at Old Trafford but other big Premier League grounds too, such as down the road at the Etihad, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, Tottenham Hotspurs’ sparkly new ground and many more.
Another reason we found ourselves stuck on his TikTok for so long was also because of the other behind-the-scenes details he reveals too, even shedding light on how he prepares for games: note-taking, data sheets, how keeps himself warm up there during those cold nights on comms and so on.