Woolworths online hits the mainland

Supermarket giant Woolworths has extended its Internet home shopping service to the entire "mainland".

Supermarket giant Woolworths has extended its Internet home shopping service to the entire “mainland”.

Orders are filled in Christchurch and couriered for $12. Groceries and fresh food are offered, but not frozen and cold foods because of the distances covered.

Produce is only available in the larger provincial towns - like Alexandra, Ashburton, Balclutha, Gore, Motueka and Wanaka - where there is overnight delivery.

In rural areas - like Clandeboye, Tuatapere and Amberley - delivery will take two to three days. Ansett and Rural Post will deliver the goods.

Woolworths began its online shopping service in late 1998 in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

E-commerce director Richard Harrison says it was so successful the company had to expand it nationwide and upgrade the site's search engine.

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