View Full Version : groceries delivered?
06-11-2004, 11:52 AM
I am interested to hear people's experiences with grocery delivery services. Anyone here use a service on a consistent basis? Anyone tried www.whyrunout.com ?
06-11-2004, 01:19 PM
Publix used to have delivery service down here. They cancelled it because they weren't getting enough people interested. From what I hear, the service was great, though. It would even remind you after a set time to get new products (i.e. "It's been a week, are you out of bread?")
06-11-2004, 03:34 PM
well we have vons here that does it... I don't know how well though
06-11-2004, 03:42 PM
i'm not familar with them. freshdirect.com delivers here in manhattan -- i used them once to get $50 of free groceries. they're wonderful. really good quality food, reasonable prices. (especially when they're free).
but see if there's people in your area who have used this whyrunout place and how their quality/service is.
06-11-2004, 04:14 PM
Groceries smoshiers. It's all about Kozmo.com's Chunky Monkey at 3 in the morning :D
06-12-2004, 06:17 PM
In the past I have used HomeGrocer (my favorite), Webvan, WhyRunOut, and Vons. I was very close to using Kozmo/PDQuick and hear they were really awesome for stuff like SDeeLoco said, for treats when your hungry and want the convenience. I have always received excellent quality nomatter which service I used. WhyRunOut gets my groceries from my local Stater Brothers store (my favorite local store which I have patronized ever since the grocery strike/lockout) and they have the best products at the best prices. Its a little odd to see how much lower their prices are compared to the other big three chains when you consider how much the size of each of those chains dwarfs the size of Stater Brothers. I would think being such huge chains would allow them to buy their products in such bulk that they would have the lowest prices in town, especially when compared to the smaller, chains like Stater Brothers.
06-13-2004, 06:39 PM
in the summer of 2000, i worked for eGrocer.com (now defunct of course). they developed the software for smaller, family-run chains to allow customers to order online. obviously, it didn't really pick-up cuz they're now defunct. hahaha.
maybe if gas prices were incredibly high and the closet market was really far, i'd order online. but the last place i lived at, i could walk to the grocery store in 5 minutes.
06-14-2004, 08:02 AM
Kim, while many people do live very close where there are grocery stores, in your example 5 minutes [walking distance] away, I think its also important to note that most people are not likely to walk home from the grocery store with their week or two's worth of grocery supplies in tow. Also, to drive, as you mentioned, uses gas and the other costs associated with an automobile. As most people do drive to the grocery store and they do choose to haul their own groceries from the store to their automobile, then from their automobile and into their house, I think it is mostly due to habit. People are terrible creatures of habit; just look at the steps it took for grocery stores to get people to use grocery carts when they were *new*-people were reluctant and had to be coerced into using the carts rather than lug all their items around the store by hand as they were accustomed to doing. $10 to have all the grocery items you want dropped off on your kitchen counter is a pretty good deal lost on many people. It is an especially good deal for Seniors who may have a difficult time lugging all their good home (even more difficult for those who have stairs involved). Another sector of the population which I think would find it especially useful would be those families with small kids (even moreso for single parent households). I know it would be too much for me to handle my two (3 year old and 2 month old) while navigating store isles and looking for the 'right' products to pick from the shelves. The third group I see this service as being most helpful for are people who want to create more time for themselves. Many of the services offer 'same order' type features which can reorder a shopper's past order so they don't have to spend the time looking up the same items avery week or two.
Well, the purpose of this thread was supposed to be so that I could get other's point of view-not so much for the opportunity for me to tell you all mine. Anyone else care to weigh in?
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