Residents of certain parts of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Umhlanga can now order and deliver alcohol (and food) in bulk at Makro.
Makro has just partnered with the OneCart delivery service that allows users of the OneCart app to order Makro products directly.
Makro also operates its own online store, but it takes up to 21 days for orders to be delivered.
OneCart promises delivery within two hours of placing an order.
Monday was the first day on which alcohol could be resold since the beginning of the state of restriction.
It has forced thousands of South Africans to take the long queues at liquor stores to quench their thirst.
In the last few weeks, e-retailers have struggled to deliver food, and now also beverages, to buyers’ homes, but with varying levels of success.
The popular online wine store GetWine had to temporarily close its virtual doors because the number of orders was too much to handle.
Bottles, another app for ordering and delivering beverages, also issued an apology on Monday for failing to process everyone’s orders soon enough.
His app also struggled at one point because so many people were on it at the same time.
“We work day and night to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Bottles said in a late-night apology to its users.
Bottles has partnered with Level n Pay in Level 4 and is also delivering groceries these days. Under normal circumstances, orders are also delivered within a few hours, but due to the sharp increase Monday, Bottles could not stay ahead.
For the first time, drinks and food at Makro can only be ordered from a handful of Makro stores.
You can already order food and / or beverages from the following branches, provided you live within 15 km of them:
- Johannesburg: Germiston and Woodmead
- Pretoria: Silverlakes
- Umhlanga, Cornwall
Only beverages (and no food) can be ordered from the following branches, but also only if you live within 15 km of them:
- Johannesburg: Strubensvallei, Centurion, Riversands
- Durban: Springfield
- Kaapstad: Montagu Gardens, Cape Gate
Makro expects delivery to begin at some of its other stores soon.
The store group says there will be limits to how many items can be ordered at a time “to support the responsible use of alcohol”.
The OneCart app is available in the Apple and Android Store.