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So, is it game over for anyone wanting to enter the convenience retail sector?


Argos—like Amazon—is offering shoppers the chance to order online and get their goods delivered the same day, writes The Furnishing Report editor Richard de Melim.


All for just £3.95. Wow.


That’s pretty cool for people like me, who in the past six months has used the Argos reserve-and-collect facility to acquire—pauses to check email history—a stainless steel milk frother; a Shark Lift Away 2-in-1 Professional Steam Cleaner; a Turtle Beach XC1 Wired Headset for Xbox 360; Nike Junior Goalkeeper Match Gloves; a Bosch Village 2 Slice Toaster; and an external adaptor for Mini Fridges.


But now, thanks to same-day delivery, my every day convenience needs can be serviced without having to drive five minutes to my local Argos store.


But what about furniture?


The retailer’s new initiative—called Fast Track—includes a number of mattresses and flatpack furniture lines though, at present, no upholstery.


Argos’ national infrastructure is a powerful animal for other retailers to compete with. Realistically, you can’t beat same-day delivery with a choice of four time-slots all the way up to 10pm. Can you?


I think not, and Argos has a real chance to grab an even bigger share of the convenience/needs-driven furniture market, such as guest beds and additional dining furniture, and other stuff you might need in a hurry.


Personally, I’m not mad keen on the rest of the Argos furniture range, and more importantly neither is my wife, at least not as keen as she is on the Shark Lift Away 2-in-1 Professional Steam Cleaner.

So hope lives on for the rest of the trade in other furniture market segments.