Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the UK’s three devolved administrations, have enacted similar rules and, with the hospitality sector shut, there’s pressure on supermarkets to meet demand.
‘Shop Considerately’Asda asked customers not to stockpile but rather to “play their part by continuing to shop considerately and not buy more than they normally would.”
Asda also said it saw a spike in visits to its website after the lockdown was announced.
But it’s stepping up its digital capacity to help more customers shop online during the crisis.
It also said that, from February, it will double its partnering with Uber Eats to offer a fast 30-minute delivery service on 350 Asda-branded products provided by 200 of its stores.
Asda is Britain’s third-largest supermarket group after market leaders Tesco and Sainsbury’s, and is currently owned by U.S. giant Walmart.
However, in October the Issa brothers and private equity group TDR Capital agreed to buy a majority holding in Asda in a deal giving it an enterprise value of £6.5 billion ($8.8 billion).
The deal, under which Walmart will keep a minority stake, requires regulatory approval and is expected to complete in the first half of 2021.