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In the UK, the Telegraph reports that Walmart-owned Asda Group has announced its plans for what is described as "a new click and collect service in a bid to expand its presence in the south of the England." The company says it "will be rolling 'intelligent click and collect pods,' temperature-controlled units where customers can collect fresh food and other goods at their convenience."

The new project builds on a pod program that Asda developed last year to service London commuters in six Underground stations.

Andy Clarke, Asda's CEO, tells the Telegraph, "Our existing grocery Home Shopping offer is already growing at more than 20pc year-on-year and this exciting new click and collect technology will allow us to bring Asda value to even more customers – particularly in London and the South East."

The paper writes that "Asda was the only one of the 'big four' supermarkets to have reported a rise in like-for-like sales in the last quarter, and expects its ecommerce business to grow from 10pc to 30pc in five years."
KC's View:
Asda seems to be the only "traditional" retailer that has not suffered at the hands of discounters like Aldi, so it strikes me as very smart to find new ways to reach out to existing and new shoppers.