Back to Full List Press Releases

Flexible home working could save commuters £368* per year with the new Aldi home office range
11 May 2017


  • As commuting costs increase, flexible working from home on the rise
  • Aldi’s Home Office range saves shoppers up to 159% versus high street competitors
  • On sale in time for National Work from Home Day on 19th May
 
With the average rail season ticket costing £2,492* per year and all companies now offering flexible working conditions, the number of people opting to work from home is on the rise.

Discount supermarket Aldi is tapping into this trend with its first home office range for under £130. Just by setting up a home office and working from home one day a week, a flexible working savvy commuter could save on average £368** per year. In addition to cheaper travel costs, the Aldi office furniture range also offers savings of 159% compared to high street competitors[1].

Recent figures from the Trade Union Congress (TUC) found that the number of people working from home is estimated to be at 1.5 million.[2] The study reveals that nearly a quarter of a million more Brits work from home than a decade ago, with more workers than ever opting for a more flexible life away from the office.

Launching on 30th April, the new home office range from Aldi will be available just in time for National Work from Home Day on Friday 19th May, providing those working from home with everything they need to set up their own office space. The range includes a Premium Designer Office Chair (£39.99) and a Premium Trestle Desk (£39.99) in a choice of two colours, with a Premium Office Bookcase (£49.99) to complete the look. There are also a variety of office accessories including a Cross Cut Paper Shredder (£26.99) and A4 Laminator (£13.99) to ensure workers have everything they need to complete a day’s work with ease at home.

Tony Baines, Managing Director for Corporate Buying at Aldi comments: “We understand that more people than ever before are opting for a more flexible working life. We want to accommodate this rising trend by launching our new home office range, which provides all the furniture needed for people to set up their own office space. The range provides high quality and great value office furniture and accessories which don’t compromise on style or design.”

Phil Flaxton, Chief Executive of not-for-profit organisation Work Wise UK, creators of National Work From Home Day says: “Workspaces at home are becoming increasingly common, owing to various factors. More people are looking to save time and money on commuting, and with high speed broadband now accessible in more areas, setting up a home office space has become easier than ever before.

“It is important that people set up a space which works for them, whether it’s in a spare bedroom or designated area in the living room, ensuring that they have all the equipment they need to focus and do their best work.”

Here’s how Aldi’s home office range stacks up to its competitors…
 
ALDI JOHN LEWIS
Premium Trestle Desk
£39.99
 
Luna Desk
£129.00

 
Premium Office Designer Chair
£39.99

 
Nova Office Chair
£60.00
 
Premium Office Bookcase
£49.99
 
The Basics Dexter Tall, Wide Bookcase
£159.00
 
TOTAL £129.97 TOTAL £348.00
% SAVED WHEN SHOPPING AT ALDI SAVE 159%
(£218.03)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Aldi’s full home office range is available in stores on the 30th April and available to pre-order online on the 23rd April
 
Product Description Price
Premium Office Bookcase White £49.99
Premium Office Bookcase Oak £49.99
Premium Designer Office Chair £39.99
Premium Designer Office Chair £39.99
Premium Trestle Desk Oak £39.99
Premium Trestle Desk White £39.99
Cross Cut Paper Shredder £26.99
A4 Laminator £13.99
Laminating Pouches £2.49
Permanent Markers £0.89
 
 
* BBC Investigation, Sept 16 - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1mUb-HMoNw10tYmdhmoDotqenrF5Y3e5ItkbWNXYFL_E/edit#gid=0
** Average total saving is £498 before cost of Aldi office furniture deducted (using data from BBC investigation which equates to an average daily train fare of £10.38 based on a 5 day week)
[1] Price comparable to similar products from John Lewis (see below table)
[2] TUC Analysis of ONS Labour Force Survey 2016

View our 'Notes to Editor'