Tuesday, May 29

Getting It Done Online – No More Queues

The British have something of a reputation for being orderly. There’s a saying that if you put a few Brits in a room, anywhere on earth, they’ll form a queue.

There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. Queuing is the fairest way of ensuring that everyone gets seen in turn and in the order in which they have been waiting.

It’s something that a lot of people don’t seem to have realised, which you’ll know only too well if you’ve ever been in a busy market abroad!

The downside of queuing

For all the positive aspects of a queue, it has to be said that they are quite annoying – just ask the poor souls who recently stood in line for three hours at Heathrow passport control how they feel about queues. It may have been orderly, but three hours is too much for anyone to wait patiently for anything.

Then there are the queues in the shops. You wait in line at the till, at the changing room, even in the car park to find a spot. It’s one long, never-ending queue.

But there is another way. Do your shopping online and you can get it all done when you want, without having to wait for a thing. It takes minutes rather than hours and the range of choice is huge.

Taking control

There is, however, one downside to shopping online, and that’s the delivery. We don’t all have the time to wait in for the postman, meaning you’ll be getting one of those little delivery slips telling you where to go to pick up your parcel. And you know what that means don’t you? You’ve guessed it: more queues.

Now there is a way to beat even the queues at the post office. Choose Collect plus delivery on your next purchase, which allows you to allocate a shop to pick up your parcel in your own time.

It’s convenient, and with over 4,500 locations to choose from, there’s bound to be one close to you. No queues, just convenient parcel management. It’s also easier to send back any returns and usually free with big online retailers.

You can still appreciate queues, but it’s much easier to enjoy them when you’re not in one!