CURRYS PC World will be trialling an order and collect service at the Reading Gate branch from today (June 4).

Recently, 20 stores opened to operate in this way, following a zero-contact procedure, which operators say has gone 'extremely well'.

Following this, a further 32 stores will be introducing this as of today.

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Mark Allsop, chief operating officer at Dixons Carphone said: "With a tremendous amount of hard work and commitment from our store colleagues, we are happy and confident that we’re providing both customers and colleagues a safe environment as we roll-out this service further.

“The drive-thru order and collect service is a zero-contact way customers can purchase items online and collect them from their chosen local store, with pickup availability ranging from an hour after purchase to the next day depending on stock. Once customers have placed an order, they will receive an email to say the item is ready to be collected safely.

“Over the last two weeks, we have seen more than 24,000 items purchased and collected from the 20 stores safely, with top performing products including, small screen TVs, home audio, laptops, printers and scanners, consoles and PC gaming hardware.

"The average wait time has been less than five minutes.

“Customer and colleague safety continues to be our highest priority."

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He added that social distancing and hygiene measures have been implemented at the stores to ensure that colleagues feel comfortable returning to work, and customers feel safe visiting stores.

More details on order and collect, and a full store list can be found here.