Online food shopping is not a new thing but it is most definitely a growth sector with more and more people seeing the benefits. In fact, in January the news predicted online food shopping will double in five years.
Personally I think this is an underestimate because there are so many advantages and once people are comfortable with the concept they will do it again and again.
Some of the major benefits of online food shopping:
1/ Ordering shopping from the comfort of your own home – no need to fill the car up with kids, struggle with parking, push a trolley around, stand in line, load the car, getting home to find you’ve forgotten an essential ingredient for tonight’s dinner…etc.
2/ You can set up ‘favourites’ in your online account which can be re-ordered at the click of button – even more time saved, great for eating a regular balanced diet or for dieting in general, less temptation to buy ‘treats’ & snacks.
Have you noticed – Shopping in a supermarket when hungry often leads to the buying of junk, easy cook food and items that just don’t really go with anything else you’ve bought. Shopping on a full stomach will inevitably lead to a more conservative trolley full.
3/ Brand buying is no longer an issue – if you don’t like to buy own brand products because you think it makes you look cheap then online shopping is discreet and nobody will know if you choose to save a few pounds with low cost alternatives.
Tip – if you like smoothies and regularly buy a variety of fruit that you have to wash, peel, chop and blend then here’s a money and time saving tip – Buy supermarket own brand tinned fruit (in juice, not syrup). Prices can be under 20p per tin to make 3/4 of a pint. Just open the tin, slop it into the smoothie maker and in seconds you have a mixed fruit smoothie with no mess and less cleaning.
4/ Environmental Impact – for every person who buys their food online then that’s 1 less car driving to the supermarket and back. 1 delivery driver can make multiple drops in one trip thereby cutting down on pollution.
5/ Environmental Impact – (again) – many of the delivery companies will take away your old carrier bags! There aren’t enough places around and about to deposit carrier bags for recycling so this gets rid of them in a green and easy way.
Of course there are some disadvantages to online food shopping such as not being able to hand pick your meat, fish or vegetables and it’s a bit of pot luck to get the best cuts etc.
Online food shopping will never completely replace the aesthetic appeal of browsing around shops but in years to come the face of supermarkets could change considerably with less essential items on the shelves and more coming direct to your door.