Deliveries

When will I receive my delivery?

The vast majority of deliveries are complete by 8am on normal delivery days. Exceptionally, if the roundsperson has a very large round, a problem with his vehicle, traffic or the relief milkman doesn’t know the round as well then it may be later than this.

Best of Local orders will be left at the same time as the normal milk or goods delivery time, usually by 8am. Where you have selected a "hand over" the roundsperson will make one concerted attempt to contact you at your property between 8am – 10am for the hand over between the designated times, but if this is unsuccessful they will either leave the order in the agreed safe delivery position on your property or return with the order to their depot.

You can contact the depot and either arrange delivery of the order the following day or to pick it up yourself from there at an agreed time. Please note that if we have to retain Best of Local orders at the depot after their normal delivery day, while every effort will be made to store the order well, we can no longer guarantee it will be as fresh as it would have been if handed over at the correct time. In any event we will only retain non-delivered Best of Local orders for 24 hours before they will have to be disposed of. Refunds will not be available for unsuccessful deliveries where we have followed the given delivery instructions.

Where will the roundsperson put my delivery?

When you register your account, you are given an opportunity to leave any special instructions about where you want your goods delivered to or left. You can also agree a suitable place with your roundsperson. If you are worried about the security of your delivery the regular roundsperson can use an agreed hiding place on your property. For the most part milk and goods on the doorstep are safe, but if you have a problem please let us know and we will work with you to solve it.

Best of Local orders on the standard, free delivery option will be left in either the location designated by you or the normal agreed safe delivery position on your property. Where a "hand over" has been selected the roundsperson will return to your home between the designated 8am – 10am time period and knock on the door. They will make one concerted attempt to contact you at your property for the hand over, but if this is unsuccessful they will either leave the order in the agreed safe delivery position on your property or return with the order to their depot. You can contact the depot and either arrange delivery of the order the following day or to pick it up yourself from there at an agreed time.

Please note that if we have to retain Best of Local orders at the depot after their normal delivery day, while every effort will be made to store the order well, we can no longer guarantee it will be as fresh as it would have been if handed over at the correct time. In any event we will only retain non-delivered Best of Local orders for 24 hours before they will have to be disposed of. Refunds will not be available for unsuccessful deliveries where we have followed the given delivery instructions.

What happens if my order is not delivered correctly or at all?

It should be and we are very sorry if this is the case.

If you notice the order is incorrect in the morning please contact your local depot by phone on the contact us section of the website. They will endeavour to get it put right either by picking up surplus product or delivering a replacement for what you ordered.

If it is noticed later in the day please contact the depot either by phone or email and they will issue a credit or debit note to your account if the delivery quantity has already been confirmed for that day.

What do I do if I am going on holiday?

Once logged in with an active account, please use the holiday booking function on the website which is found by clicking on Pause your Deliveries in the Dashboard menu with a 'pause' type symbol next to it. Use it to tell us the date of your last delivery and the first day you want us to deliver when you get back. We can help ease the strain of arriving back and finding an empty fridge. If you are not arriving back too late on a given day then we could leave the goods for you that morning.

Please don’t get in touch about your holiday by a note to your roundsperson as they cannot carry out this function for you. Please also set up a new 'pause' period for each holiday.

Please be aware that the Paused orders function will suppress "Daily Essentials" orders for that time but if you have a confirmed Best of Local order for which payment has been taken it is in transit and will either be delivered as stated on your order or returned to depot and held there for 24 hours pending collection. If this is a problem please contact your Depot by phone or using a support ticket in the My Help & Support link to make arrangements for this.

Please note that if we have to retain Best of Local orders at the depot after their normal delivery day, while every effort will be made to store the order well, we can no longer guarantee it will be as fresh as it would have been if handed over at the correct time. In any event we will only retain non-delivered Best of Local orders for 24 hours before they will have to be disposed of. Refunds will not be available for unsuccessful deliveries where we have followed the given delivery instructions.

Unconfirmed and as yet unpaid Best of Local orders will be suppressed by the Pause your deliveries function.

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 ‘hold’ (suspend) the service for a holiday. You can go on and change it anytime 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. As long as you go on before 5pm the day before delivery, 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 Acccount - My 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 'hold' 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 hold 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 'holds' put on after a Best of Local order has been confirmed at 5pm the day before your delivery date, 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.