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argosCoMattresses and flat-pack cabinet kits are among 20,000 product lines available for same-day order and delivery as part of a new initiative from general merchandise retailer Argos.


The chain has launched a new service called Fast Track, with products available for store collection and same-day home delivery seven days a week across the UK.


Where products are flagged Fast Track on its website, consumers will be able to purchase them, and choose to either collect them from one of 800 stores or schedule a same-day or next-day delivery slot.


A handful of mattresses and bedframes—though not divan bases—comprise its same-day delivery launch offer, along with a selected range of ready-to-assemble, living, dining and bedroom cabinet products. None of its circa 600 sofa models are currently included.*


Customers choosing Fast Track delivery can select from four slots: 7am–10am, 10am–1pm, 2pm–6pm and 7pm–10pm, seven days a week including Sunday. Argos is charging £3.95 for delivery.


The rapid delivery programme—which has been piloted for several months across the Argos network—has been made possible because of its investment in its hub & spoke stocking model, deployed in stores since last year, it said.


John Walden, CEO at Argos parent company Home Retail Group, said: “As customers increasingly shop from online and mobile shopping channels, they are increasingly sensitive to the speed and cost of obtaining their products.


“Argos has always been known for convenience, and is uniquely positioned with its national network of stores and distribution centres to provide customers with the best options to fulfil their digital orders.”


Fast Track delivery drivers are Argos employees, with the company creating 3,300 new driver jobs to operate the 800 liveried Argos vans patrolling the UK.


* correct at 7th October, 2015