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I would assume it's when you order your groceries online and have them delivered. Never heard of doing it cross borders, but why not?
by fjallstrom on Sat Nov 18th, 2017 at 10:38:06 PM EST
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It could be a reference to private van drivers bringing van loads of wine from France to the UK ("for personal use", of course, and so evading duty) and offering to bring UK staples to expats living in France. Although I doubt they could do it for less than Carrefour, Aldi, et al.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Nov 19th, 2017 at 02:25:47 AM EST
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Yes, although they are very lucrative.

A friend of mine in SW France says there are several deliverers who take large orders for UK supermarkets bringing back those essential staples of cultural affirmation. A van filled with 100 + grocery orders makes quite a nice living.

In Spain my not only are there UK vans, but Imy sisters tells me there are Dutch and German ones too.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Nov 20th, 2017 at 04:25:16 PM EST
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Portugal remains an untapped market.

Given the distance it would probably be easier to organise a wholesale franchise than to do the man+van thing.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Nov 20th, 2017 at 07:41:27 PM EST
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Put a big Marmite logo on the side of the van.
You'll be mobbed!
I remember in the 50's when beret-bearing French paysans would ferry-bicycle over to Sarf Ken draped with red onion braids round their necks, handlebars and back panniers.
Madly exotic...
Hella business plan, Asterix!
Crusty Brits pouring out of their villas like kids to the ice cream vans.
Or are they gone too?
(The vans, not the Brits...)

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Nov 21st, 2017 at 02:56:23 AM EST
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