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Old 02-25-2012, 12:10 PM
 
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We spend a lot of time talking about groceries here--this is a high-tech solution that lets people take advantage of what some folks consider the worst part of the transit experience, waiting for the train to arrive.

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And, as of earlier this month, some Philadelphians have been able to shop for groceries. The online grocer Peapod introduced virtual storefronts at select SEPTA stations throughout the city. While awaiting a train, users can download the Peapod app, peruse the items in front of them, and scan the barcode of anything they'd like to purchase. The groceries are delivered to their homes later that day.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Clendenin, WV
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Nice!
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:37 AM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Safeway has online deliver as well. Not really into it... I like to see my food before I buy it, same thing with those CSA deliveries.
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Old 02-27-2012, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Cold Frozen North
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Safeway has online deliver as well. Not really into it... I like to see my food before I buy it, same thing with those CSA deliveries.
Same here. I want to see what I buy, especially perishable items such as meat, poultry, fruits and vegetables. I shop for these items with freshness dates in mind.

I checked out the prices on Peapod when I lived in the Chicago area and found their prices anywhere from 10% to 30% higher than the grocery stores in my area and a lot higher than Walmart. I personally like doing grocery shopping and seeing what's in the store.

Online shopping for groceries probably works for some people who are time constrained or don't care about costs. I watch prices all the time (even when I don't need to) and can't see paying considerably more for the same thing I can get at the local stores for less.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:33 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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Same here. I want to see what I buy, especially perishable items such as meat, poultry, fruits and vegetables. I shop for these items with freshness dates in mind.

I checked out the prices on Peapod when I lived in the Chicago area and found their prices anywhere from 10% to 30% higher than the grocery stores in my area and a lot higher than Walmart. I personally like doing grocery shopping and seeing what's in the store.

Online shopping for groceries probably works for some people who are time constrained or don't care about costs. I watch prices all the time (even when I don't need to) and can't see paying considerably more for the same thing I can get at the local stores for less.
I get the meat thing - but vegetarian diets are on the rise.

I'm just shocked that Septa has installed cell phone service in its tunnels. Perhaps this is only for the elevated portions.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:15 PM
 
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Kind opf a bummer deal then--where I live, not only does the Safeway delivery charge the samwe as the store, they do the sales too. I can understand wanting to pick out fresh stuff like meats and produce, but for prepackaged, non-perishable items, or heavy bulky stuff (like big bags of pet food or cat litter) it would make things a lot easier for someone who wanted to go car-free. Then grocery shopping is limited to picking out the fresh stuff or hitting a farmer's market (if you live in a place where they're convenient) or the meat/dairy section and calling it a day. There are even insulated shopping bags to keep things cool.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:23 PM
 
Location: North Metro Atlanta
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The Delivery Model does not work well, the cost of delivery is to high for most people, plus the timing to be there when its delivered.

The building next to my office was set up for home delivery biz. It ran for 6 months and closed, the logistics of it were just to much.

One of the Supermarket in Houston, does a Drive thru service. You order online, and tell the store when you will pick it up (apx). you drive to the side of the store, and some 16yo kid come out and put the stuff in the car, and you drive off.

I see the weblink about being good for order the top 100? item, either in the morning or on the way home, and they have a pickup window @ the train station, and it grab the box and go.
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:00 AM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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FreshDirect

High-end Fresh Direct has seen a meteoric rise in popularity in NYC.
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Far from where I'd like to be
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That's great if you have a high end budget! LOL Most people do not.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:57 AM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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That's great if you have a high end budget! LOL Most people do not.
Agreed, but a great number of people in parts of NY do. I'm not making the case that this business could survive anywhere.

Click around the site - most of the prices are comparable to other upmarket locations.

My disabled mother gets groceries from a regular grocery store delivered pretty inexpensively, I think $10. There's been a few times when they've given her the incorrect deli items but all in all it's been a godsend for the last few less-than-mobile years. The guys will bring it in and put it on the kitchen counter, which is a big help.
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