As much as we'd all like to move to digital only purchases, the ever-present reality of the Australia Tax and publishers that like to gouge mean that we're still going to be buying from brick-and-mortar retailers for the foreseeable future. And Harvey Norman today has just given another reason to consider shopping local, partnering with Shippit to provide three hour delivery across all Australian cities.
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It's not much help if you live in the bush or a semi-rural area, but for those living in the Australian smoke it now means — years after The Iconic introduced it for fashion — you can order a game or a product and have it delivered to your home within 3 hours.
The arrangement is possible thanks to the retailer's partnerships with Australia Post and Shippit. The latter is a specialist delivery service that began life early last year connecting couriers and delivery services to homeware and fashion boutiques. Its main drawcard is the ability to choose shipping times from between 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM, helping dodge the frustration of a missed courier.
The three hour service is available for small goods, consumer electronics and small appliances from today. You'll also be able to leave comments about your experience.
"Providing a seamless purchase experience for our customers is critical," Harvey Norman's chief digital officer Gary Wheelhouse said in a release. "We introduced Click & Collect in 2012 to make it easier for customers to get the items they bought online, from their local Harvey Norman store. By using those same stores, we can now offer even greater flexibility and improved customer service with our new scheduled, same day delivery option."