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9th May, 2019

Spar launches online delivery

Supermarket chain Spar launched its online delivery service on Wednesday in Budapest and 49 surrounding towns following a Ft 960 million investment, CEO Zsolt Szalay announced.

It took 30 months to develop the infrastructure of the online store, which was then tested for 11 months, he added. Similar services are available in Slovenia and Austria, but the software was tailored to the needs of the local market.

The launch of the service will create some 100 new jobs.

The company will deliver products ordered online from three Interspar hypermarkets, one in the Budapest district of Pesterzsébet and two outside the capital, in Diósd and Szentendre.

Spar will not outsource the delivery service: it will be done by Spar employees to ensure uniform service quality, Szalay added. The fleet will consist of 20 Peugeot Boxer light commercial vehicles.

Orders placed on the website can also be collected and paid for at drive-in stations. Delivery of purchases above Ft 25,000 will be free of charge. The fee for home delivery will range from Ft 499 to Ft 999. Spar does not plan to provide the service on Sundays.

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