SPAR Hungary launches home delivery by taxi

April 6, 2020 IN THE CATEGORY: COVID-19, Supply Chain

SPAR Hungary has partnered with the largest taxi company in Hungary, Főtaxi Group, to launch a new home delivery service called TAXI SHOPPING. Due to the current curfew, grocery shopping has become more difficult for many people, especially those in high-risk groups. The new service offers a solution for people who prefer to stay home during the pandemic.

“Cooperation is key in this current epidemiological and economic situation. TAXI SHOPPING, developed in cooperation with Főtaxi Group, offers alternatives to our customers for the delivery of groceries if they do not have the opportunity or do not want to leave the house, or possibly they need to do grocery shopping for the elderly or people with health issues”, said Márk Maczelka, Head of Communications at SPAR Hungary.

On SPAR Hungary’s online shopping platform, launched in May 2019, customers can choose for pick-up of their grocery shopping at one of the INTERSPAR Hypermarkets offering online shopping and select a time slot. Payment can easily be made by credit card.

After placing an order, customers can call the taxi company, providing them with their name, SPAR order number, selected time slot, and the address of the store at which the taxi driver can pick up the order as well as the address where the taxi can deliver the groceries.

Taxi delivery can be carried out from the INTERSPAR Hypermarkets offering drive-through (INTERSPAR Diósd, INTERSPAR Szentendre, and INTERSPAR Pesterzsébet). The delivery costs are to be paid separately to the driver and correspond to fixed taxi fees. All Főtaxi Group cars have credit card terminals, ensuring that payment is contactless.

Since the state of emergency was declared in Hungary, Főtaxi Group has experienced a steep decline in business. This cooperation with SPAR provides the passenger transport service with innovative business opportunities to preserve workplaces and social usefulness.

“These days, sustainable operations have gained a new meaning for every business operator. As a passenger transport service, we strive to serve our passengers at the highest level. Now, we are entering a new territory, but I am sure that the quality and reliability connected to the name of Főtaxi prevails in our cooperation with SPAR”, said Zsolt Angyal, CEO of Főtaxi.

Source: SPAR Hungary

About SPAR Hungary

The first SPAR Supermarket opened in Hungary in 1992, following the acquisition by ASPIAG (Austria SPAR International AG) of a majority stake in General Kereskedelmi Rt. Since its launch, SPAR Hungary has been actively involved in the development of the retail industry in the country.

The move to license independent retailers to operate the SPAR Brand has proven successful for Hungary, with new stores meeting the needs of a larger number of shoppers. The retailers benefit from becoming part of the SPAR organisation with access to own brand products, operating systems and the brand, whilst consumers enjoy the increased number of store locations.