What is the difference between a ‘regular order’, and a ‘one-off order’.

Your regular order is the repeating weekly order which will be delivered on any given Monday, Tuesday, Thursday etc if you leave it to run on and repeat. Set it up at the beginning and that is what will arrive on each day, every week unless you actively vary it or ‘pause’ (suspend) the service for a holiday. You can go on and change it anytime before the order cut off if you find you are getting too much or too little for your needs. Remember it changes your default order for each Monday etc.

This principle also works with the Best of Local orders where you can set up an order to repeat each Monday say with a core group of goods in it to meet the minimum order value. You can change either that one order or all future orders on that same day by clicking on the box in your weekly order calendar (click on My Account - Current Orders to see this or future weeks).

A ‘one-off’ order is where you set up a delivery of a product for one day only or click on a specific future day and change the regular order that appears there up or down, or add other products not usually on your regular weekly order. It applies only to that particular day ie the following week the regular order will default back to its normal setting on that day. The same principle applies to Best of Local orders where you can just order certain contents once.

Please note that once a Best of Local order is set for a date (or dates in the event of it being a regular order) if you want to move it to another date you need to cancel that order and set up a new one on the new date. This is so the system can check for stock availability on the new date.

For computer logic reasons you cannot change a 'regular' order into a 'one off' type order.

What is a shifted order?

A 'shifted order' is an order that due to a bank holiday has been shifted to an alternative delivery day before the bank holiday, to ensure that you get your delivery. If you were due to get an order on the bank holiday date then you will be sent an email letting you know about the shift when we set it up. We move the order forward so that you will have the product over the holiday period. If you have put a 'pause' on orders then that will take precedence over any shifted order and the order will not be delivered on a day where you have put a "pause" (temporary suspension) on the orders. The best thing to do is to log in to your account and amend your orders to exactly what you want prior to the cut off point for order amendment.

Please note that holiday 'pauses' put on after a Best of Local order has been confirmed will not then cancel that delivery and the order will be charged and delivered as normal. If you do not then wish to receive delivery please contact your depot to arrange for its disposal.

What days do you deliver on?

Log in with your postcode details to check which days our round is in your area – we’re in most customers’ areas between three and five days a week.

What happens on bank holidays and Easter?

On some bank holidays in some areas we don’t deliver, often because many customers are away on those days but also to allow our hard-working staff time off.

However, we will tell you in advance by email if there is to be any change to your order, so if you don't receive an email and you look at your account for that date and the order is still there for that day then it will be delivered as normal.

In the case of bank holidays that we will not be able to deliver, we will take the regular order for that day (usually a Monday) and add it to the order of the previous delivery day (usually a Saturday) – this is referred to on your account as a ‘shifted order’. We do this automatically and so unless you want to vary the regular order amount you need do nothing and you will receive enough milk, goods, fruit and veg to get you through the bank holiday.

Please note that Good Friday is normally delivered if it is a normal delivery day in your area.

How do I change my "Daily Essentials" orders?

Regular orders are set by the day of the week, based on the available delivery days in your area, and repeat each week unless you change them. You can change a regular order either by clicking on a product when in the Daily Essentials Shop or by clicking on "Current Orders" when in Your Account area.

You then see your regular and one-off orders for the days ahead and by clicking on the product there you can then change it up or down. Remember to click on "Add to my order" or *Update my order" to get that change programmed in.

If an order is marked as 'delivered' or 'delivering' that means it is in the past or past the order cut off and cannot now be changed.  An order cannot be changed online after 9pm, the night before your next available delivery day, as they have already been sent to the depot for delivery preparation.

If you want to increase a regular order temporarily the best way to do this is to go to the Daily Essentials Shop, select the product you want, and opt for the "One off" option, take care in selecting the precise date you want and then click "Add to my delivery" to get it programmed in.

You change one off type orders at any time by clicking on the existing order in the delivery screen and changing the quantity and then pressing the "Update my order" button to programme the change in.

To add a regular or one off order, after logging in then go to the blue strip with the week dates on the top right hand side of your screen and click on it. This will then show your weekly calendar view. To add a product just go to the milk section or other categories on daily essentials (light Blue tab) and click on the product you require, you will need either the tab for a one off order or the tab for a regular order depending on what you want to do. Once  you have chosen you can then find the date required and add the item to that day. Once you are finished if you again check your weekly calendar view you should now see the product either as a regular or a one-off order for that day.

From the Daily Essentials shop if you select any product you are always given the option of making it a regular repeat type order or a one off on a particular date.  Please note that Daily Essentials orders cannot be added, changed or cancelled to take effect after the order cut off time which is at 9pm, the night before your next available delivery day.

What happens at Christmas?

Generally, we don’t deliver on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. If they fall on Sundays we will outline the alternate days our staff will be off and as above we will shift regular orders back to precede those days so that you get your normal amount of milk, goods, fruit & veg over the period without having to make any changes.

If you are struggling for room in your fridge for glass pint bottles then please consider becoming an online customer and varying your delivery for that specific day for 2L containers, which may fit a larger amount of milk in a smaller space. Do also look out for special products for Christmas and Easter.

Last, but not least, why not use our Best of Local service, so you can enjoy our local meat and fresh veg, with FREE delivery to your door.

At Christmas, Easter and for Bank Holidays, if there is any change to your normal delivery you will receive an email outlining the proposed change and you will also see on your account that the order has been shifted back a day or two to ensure you still get enough of what you have ordered.