These aren’t the contradiction they sound like, but they are a curious phenomenon.
France may be the most advanced market in the world for click and collect, with several thousand dedicated drive-in collection outlets.
Now French supermarket chains are introducing city centre walk-in collection outlets. The first was opened in 2016.
It seems they are generally quite small at under 200 square metres, offer a good range at attractive prices and receive deliveries from picking centres four times a day.
The latest to be opened, by Auchan in Lille, is said to expect 800 orders a week at an average of 40 euros.
Convenience comes ever closer.