In London I had to urgently buy a replacement washing machine but Argos' express delivery was "Anytime in the next 10 days". They were also out of stock of the model I'd chosen.
Down the road I found a shop run by a couple of Lebanese guys. How much for delivery? "£5", when can you do it? "Now!" Their drivers carried it up to the first floor flat and I gave them a tenner tip.
This was some years ago and the French built machine is still going.