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  # 569196 15-Jan-2012 19:38
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We used to use the Tesco Online shopping in Ireland a few years back, apart from the deliveries being late, delivering the wrong products, delivering poorer quality (than if you choose yourself) fruit and Veg, and being near on impossible to ring them to get a credit, it was great...

 

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  # 569198 15-Jan-2012 19:42
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Still use the online shopping now as a way to buy gifts for family in the UK.

Have been using countdown online shopping for a while now, although don't bother with delivery as it is quite expensive so just pick up from the store.

Only thing that annoys me is the veg they give you is often older/worse quality than you would pick up in store if you could choose yourself.

Also i have found they have often given me meat with only 1 or 2 days left on the date so have to freeze it straight away.


 
 
 
 


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  # 569230 15-Jan-2012 21:03
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jbard:
Only thing that annoys me is the veg they give you is often older/worse quality than you would pick up in store if you could choose yourself.



99% of Countdown's produce isn't suitable to feed to pigs, I don't really think they can give you the best of what they have because it's all rubbish..

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  # 569237 15-Jan-2012 21:18
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sbiddle:
jbard:
Only thing that annoys me is the veg they give you is often older/worse quality than you would pick up in store if you could choose yourself.



99% of Countdown's produce isn't suitable to feed to pigs, I don't really think they can give you the best of what they have because it's all rubbish..


Yes that is a good point, i stopped buying all my produce from supermarkets a few years back but occasionally when i need something i have forgotten then i find the quality is below average. 

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  # 569245 15-Jan-2012 21:43
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jbard:
sbiddle:
jbard:
Only thing that annoys me is the veg they give you is often older/worse quality than you would pick up in store if you could choose yourself.



99% of Countdown's produce isn't suitable to feed to pigs, I don't really think they can give you the best of what they have because it's all rubbish..


Yes that is a good point, i stopped buying all my produce from supermarkets a few years back but occasionally when i need something i have forgotten then i find the quality is below average. 


You can't clump all supermarkets into one because in many instances they are the best place to find quality product. Every Countdown however is always bad, and quite frankly it amazes me that they can be so consistantly poor. Poor quality product, and an obsession with displaying so much perishable stock in non refrigerated displays.

Disclaimer: I spent close to 30 years of my life in the produce industry so it's something I'm rather passionate about.


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  # 569248 15-Jan-2012 21:48
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sbiddle:
jbard:
sbiddle:
jbard:
Only thing that annoys me is the veg they give you is often older/worse quality than you would pick up in store if you could choose yourself.



99% of Countdown's produce isn't suitable to feed to pigs, I don't really think they can give you the best of what they have because it's all rubbish..


Yes that is a good point, i stopped buying all my produce from supermarkets a few years back but occasionally when i need something i have forgotten then i find the quality is below average. 


You can't clump all supermarkets into one because in many instances they are the best place to find quality product. Every Countdown however is always bad, and quite frankly it amazes me that they can be so consistantly poor. Poor quality product, and an obsession with displaying so much perishable stock in non refrigerated displays.

Disclaimer: I spent close to 30 years of my life in the produce industry so it's something I'm rather passionate about.



Fair point, I haven't visited any of the other supermarkets for a long time so i guess i was just grouping them all together.

 

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  # 569263 15-Jan-2012 23:17
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sbiddle:

...Every Countdown however is always bad, and quite frankly it amazes me that they can be so consistantly poor. Poor quality product, and an obsession with displaying so much perishable stock in non refrigerated displays...


Maybe an exception, but in our local Countdown I have never seen cold chain product displayed outside of refrigeration and in fact cannot recall seeing such in any first world supermarket (not that I make a point of visiting markets apart from if needed) - have seen it in some the third world ones though.

(Tend to notice these things as some time back I held management positions in the export meat industry and have consulted to a multinational market owner).

 
 
 
 


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  # 569291 16-Jan-2012 06:00
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John2010:
sbiddle:

...Every Countdown however is always bad, and quite frankly it amazes me that they can be so consistantly poor. Poor quality product, and an obsession with displaying so much perishable stock in non refrigerated displays...


Maybe an exception, but in our local Countdown I have never seen cold chain product displayed outside of refrigeration and in fact cannot recall seeing such in any first world supermarket (not that I make a point of visiting markets apart from if needed) - have seen it in some the third world ones though.

(Tend to notice these things as some time back I held management positions in the export meat industry and have consulted to a multinational market owner).


Visit any Countdown store and you'll see all their fruit displayed non refrigerated - apples should always remain refrigerated, especially after May when all the fruit is CA and/or Smartfresh. They also display large displays of veges non refrigerated when on special, and will regularly have thing such as cherries and strawberries to name some other random items. All are perishable.


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  # 569299 16-Jan-2012 07:43
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sleemanj: NW South City operates a van in Christchurch as a bus service, could be that you're thinking of?

http://www.foodstuffs.co.nz/media-centre/news--media/new-world-south-city-establishes-bus-service-for-redcliffs-shoppers
 

I'm in Whakatane so it can't be that. I had to pick up a couple of things last night so I went into New World and couldn't find any information about home delivery so maybe it doesn't actually exist after all. If I see another van then I'll scrutinise it more closely! :)

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  # 569309 16-Jan-2012 08:38
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Behodar:
sleemanj: NW South City operates a van in Christchurch as a bus service, could be that you're thinking of?

http://www.foodstuffs.co.nz/media-centre/news--media/new-world-south-city-establishes-bus-service-for-redcliffs-shoppers
 

I'm in Whakatane so it can't be that. I had to pick up a couple of things last night so I went into New World and couldn't find any information about home delivery so maybe it doesn't actually exist after all. If I see another van then I'll scrutinise it more closely! :)



It will just be a home delivery van, you go into store, buy your groceries, they will deliver them. New World's quite commonly offer this (they are a full service supermarket, and their pricing reflects this).  

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  # 569312 16-Jan-2012 08:43
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sbiddle:
John2010:
sbiddle:

...Every Countdown however is always bad, and quite frankly it amazes me that they can be so consistantly poor. Poor quality product, and an obsession with displaying so much perishable stock in non refrigerated displays...


Maybe an exception, but in our local Countdown I have never seen cold chain product displayed outside of refrigeration and in fact cannot recall seeing such in any first world supermarket (not that I make a point of visiting markets apart from if needed) - have seen it in some the third world ones though.

(Tend to notice these things as some time back I held management positions in the export meat industry and have consulted to a multinational market owner).


Visit any Countdown store and you'll see all their fruit displayed non refrigerated - apples should always remain refrigerated, especially after May when all the fruit is CA and/or Smartfresh. They also display large displays of veges non refrigerated when on special, and will regularly have thing such as cherries and strawberries to name some other random items. All are perishable.



Oh, is that all. They have not got that on their own then, plenty of others are the same. Probably depends on the store turnover, fast turnover out of the displays would make it pointless.

From the seriousness of your claim I thought you must have meant cold chain stuff. 

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