argosHeartofHouseArgos is to build on last month’s Fast Track delivery rollout with an even greater emphasis on fulfilment of big-ticket ‘two-man’ goods such as furniture and large electricals.

The general merchandise retailer says the market for large item delivery has become particularly competitive for white goods, where next day delivery is now commonplace.

However, it believes that for other goods—such as furniture—delivery standards are measured in days or weeks, presenting an opportunity for the chain to take advantage.

Argos said in that in the second half of its financial year it plans to introduce more express next-day delivery for its most popular large products, with goods available for delivery seven days a week with new evening slots as well as expanded routes and capacity.

Its plan builds on its earlier announced Fast Track initiative, which will see 20,000 product lines, including some furniture goods, made available for same-day store collection and delivery (see related).

Argos made the announcement as it released numbers for the 26 weeks to 29th August. Sales declined 1.5 per cent to £1.74bn, with like-for-likes down 3.4 per cent. Though total sales were down, Argos said its furniture and homeware brand Heart of House had experienced an improving sales trend since its launch.

The retailer is—along with home improvement chain Homebase—part of Home Retail Group, which reported a 10.4 per cent improvement in half year benchmark pre-tax profit to £34.1m.

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