Tesco share 10-minute announcement with customers. (PA)

Tesco has announced a partnership with Gorillas to ensure customers can get their products within 10 minutes of ordering.

The new trial starts at a south London branch today and could be rolled out across the UK.

It is the latest move from a UK supermarket group into the rapid delivery sector amid continued high demand for shopping to be taken directly to customers doors.

Tesco products will be available for customers to purchase from the Gorillas app within a selected area.

It said the first site, in Thornton Heath, will use excess warehouse space at the back of the store and stock around 2,000 products.

Tesco on new rapid delivery trial

Jason Tarry, Tesco UK & Republic of Ireland chief executive officer, said: “The idea that we can reach our customers in just 10 minutes is really exciting.

“We are committed to being easily the most convenient choice for our customers, enabling them to shop whenever and however they want.

“This pilot with Gorillas will help customers get their products right away, supporting those looking to buy food for tonight or last-minute forgotten items.”

Tesco has already expanded into rapid grocery delivery with its own Whoosh service, which can delivery shopping with 60 minutes.

It said this service has expanded to around 50 Express stores and now expects to reach 100 stores by the end of the year.

Adrian Frenzel, chief operating officer at Gorillas, said: “We’re thrilled to be announcing this first-of-its-kind commercial and real estate partnership with Tesco.

“As a fast-paced company at the forefront of the on-demand grocery industry, we are always looking for ways to innovate, and this co-location partnership will bring unprecedented value to our customers in the UK who will now have the possibility to be delivered the best of Tesco within minutes thanks to Gorillas.”