Launched this week, residents of the Western Isles – and other Scottish islands including Sheltland, Orkney and the Inner Hebrides – can order large items, from furniture to fridges, from Argos.co.uk and have them delivered on a day of their choice.
The offer is one of the ways Argos is expanding its home delivery service in a bid to to make shopping more flexible and convenient for customers across the UK.
Delivery and collection prices will match those available in the rest of the UK. As in the rest of the UK, delivery drivers will also take products to specific rooms for customers where feasible.
The number of products available for residents has risen from 12,500 to around 20,000 including washing machines, sofas and fridges.
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed a trial by Argos.
He said: “It’s very welcome to see Argos trial this expansion of their delivery service. Excessive delivery charges and couriers not delivering to the islands are a constant source of frustration to my constituents, who are unfairly penalised for their postcodes.
“It is particularly good to see that Argos will offer islanders the same choice of products, the same delivery and collection prices, and the same delivery options as they would to mainland households.
“Parity and fairness are all that islanders have ever asked when it comes to delivery charges. I hope that this trial is successful and that other retailers consider following suit.
Laurence Garnett, Head of Supply Chain and Logistics Strategy at Sainsbury’s, said: “Argos is committed to delivering convenience and flexibility for customers alongside outstanding choice and value.
“It’s our mission to make their lives easier and this trial will mean that shoppers are in the Western Isles can choose from around 20,000 products and get them delivered quickly and conveniently. We’ll be listening closely to customer and colleague feedback over the next few months.”