Online Grocery Shopping

December 21st, 2016

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Today’s new options for stocking the pantry and fridge offer incredible convenience. BOOMER examines five such options available locally. The grocery services all use online ordering. Some provide pickup locations; some offer delivery. Product availability, prices, fees and other options vary.

The services are listed in order by BOOMER editorial staff favorites. All but Amazon Prime Pantry offer free trials, so you can determine which works best for you. Unless you’re the rare individual who enjoys the grocery-shopping experience, you’re bound to find your own favorite time saver.

Kroger ClickList: Brick-and-mortar store offering curbside pickup. Customers order online, then pick up and pay the next day (or any day following) at their chosen Kroger, never leaving the comfort of the car. The Kroger ClickList web pages show recent purchases based on Kroger card usage (as well as recent purchases on sale) for ease of reordering favorites. Great to avoid impulse buys and kids’ “buy me this” pleas.

Relay pickup and delivery: Online grocery store highlighting healthy, sustainable and local foods, including produce and prepared foods. The Virginia-based company began by offering pickup locations in its service area and has since added delivery. Update (1/11/2016): Relay has merged with Door to Door Organics and no longer offers pickup locations but will still deliver groceries to your door.  

Jet: Online store offering one- and two-day delivery. Wide selection of national brands and products, nonperishable grocery items and other consumer goods. No membership or commitment required.

Seasonal Roots: Subscription-based service delivering local seasonal produce, meat, dairy, baked goods and artisan foods every Thursday to homes and offices. Customers must be there for delivery or leave a cooler for temperature-sensitive products. Each default weekly delivery is a box of pre-chosen products – customers may skip a week or substitute and add products for the next delivery during a weekend window of time.

Amazon Prime Pantry: Online store offering same-day delivery on some items, one- or two-day delivery on most. Fair selection of national brands and products. Online ordering system is complicated and not especially user friendly.

GoPuff: Quick and easy delivery of anything – from groceries to household products to beer and wine – directly to your door. Only $1.95 per delivery, and no surge pricing.

PostMates: Network of on-demand drivers delivers anything from restaurant food to toiletries to groceries. All deliveries cost a flat rate of either $4 or $6.

Minibar Delivery: Like Uber for alcohol. $8 delivery fee, free for orders over $

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