Ordering Groceries Online: Yay or Nay?

Ordering Groceries Online: Yay or Nay?

Stephanie Barlow
Jan 24, 2011

Winter is settling in in New York City and the plunging temperatures and blustery wind make my usual multi-shop grocery shopping routine sound nightmarish. Fortunately, there isn't much here that can't be delivered, and groceries are no exception. I'm an online grocery convert, are you?

For some, ordering groceries online is a no-brainer. In NYC, where many residents use public transportation and carrying more than a few bags of food is next to impossible, websites like Fresh Direct make shopping easy and convenient. Armed with a few recipes, I can check each ingredient off the list from the cozy comfort of my own couch. But, it does require some planning as there is at least a day lag time for delivery. Fresh Direct, once a poor example of excess packaging, has really improved and streamlined its operations to include more brands, more accurate delivery times and less waste.

This type of service doesn't have the same appeal in more traditional cities where grocery shopping and transportation aren't as much of a challenge. But what about ordering from Amazon and other sites? Do you order more than specialty items online?

Related: Survey: Do You Use an Online Grocery Service?

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