Fifteen new jobs have been created in Bedford thanks to a brand new Argos digital store, which has opened inside the Homebase store in Riverfield Drive.
The new store offers local shoppers the speed and convenience of online shopping with a friendly face in a physical store.
Alan Thomas, Homebase store manager, who has worked for the company for 16 years, said: “We have been proud to be a part of the local community since opening in 1995 and it’s really exciting that local people now have access to Argos products from inside our store. Customers love the fact they can now get even more choice all under one roof.”
Up to 20,000 products – from technology to toys – will be available for same or next day delivery from the new Argos digital store. Customers can also benefit from new services such as the ability to browse and pay for goods online at home or on the move for speedy collection from a Fast Track collection point in the store.
Allan Wood, Argos store manager said: “It’s been an exciting first week at the store and it’s fantastic that we can bring digital shopping experience to local people in Bedford. We’ve had so many positive comments from customers about the new look of the store and people have enjoyed using the tablets to browse and shop.”
The fully Wi-Fi enabled, new ‘paperless’ store has a fresh and contemporary look, with tables of tablets replacing Argos’ traditional laminated catalogues, paper slips and pencils. Customers can use the tablets to browse for products, videos, photography and customer reviews online, before adding items to their online shopping trolley. Staff will be on hand to provide personal service.
Local shoppers will have the opportunity to shop for the thousands of products available from Homebase to undertake home and garden projects, including exclusive brands such as Habitat, Schreiber and Qualcast.
Research commissioned by Argos found that 50 per cent of shoppers surveyed believe that one of the biggest benefits of online shopping is that it offers more choice. However, 75 per cent revealed that they still shop locally.1
The new digital stores equip Argos for the online revolution, as shoppers increasingly browse and buy online via PCs, tablets and other mobile devices, while still wanting the immediacy of a local store to pick up their purchases. Around 44 per cent of Argos’ total sales now start online. Sales from mobile phones and tablets represent 25 per cent of the total sales.