“Click and collect” coming to Metrolinx stations

Photo by Olivia Maeder.

Metrolinx and Loblaws have teamed up to bring a new meaning to what “food-on-the-go” can be. They’re partnering up to create a system where commuters can simply click and collect their groceries at select GO Train stations.

Out of the many adults that commute, some have the extra responsibility of kids, soccer practice, cooking dinner or hitting the gym. This might be just what they need to have more time in their day, but will students benefit from it just as much?

Sierra Scodellaro, a third year biomedical science student, thinks it will be more beneficial to people with families.

“I think it will be super convenient, especially for a lot of business people on their way home who have families to feed and they can do last minute dinner prep,” said Scodellaro.

Metrolinx spokesperson Vanessa Barrasa told CP24 that after two years of planning, the pilot project will start this month at Whitby, Bronte, Rouge Hill, Clarkson and Oakville GO Stations. Construction at these five stations started Monday.

Shoppers are required to purchase a minimum $30 of groceries online at loblaws.ca or fortinos.ca with an added $3 to $5 fee.

RTA student and GO Train rider, Connor Thomas, is interested in trying the new click and collect way of shopping.

“This sounds like a terrific instillation, this is a clear sign of social change. It appears that society is moving in a more automated direction in which people do not need to get their own groceries. People are too busy doing other things and this is sociological evolution at its finest. I would absolutely use it,” Thomas said.

There will be refrigerated trucks rolled out to deliver these orders, as well as lockers, booths and delivery trucks where shoppers can pick them up from.

Metrolinx says they will be open to shoppers’ feedback on this pilot project and hope the customer opinions will help them to find the best method to successfully continue the project.


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