THE FUTURE OF GROCERY SHOPPING?

  • metta

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    Aug 02, 2011 8:04 AM GMT


    http://design-milk.com/the-future-of-grocery-shopping/


  • Profire

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    Aug 02, 2011 10:15 AM GMT
    Brilliant
  • calibro

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    Aug 02, 2011 12:27 PM GMT
    i guess that works if you buy packaged food, but 90 percent of what i buy is fresh and i need to pick it out by hand
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    Aug 02, 2011 2:15 PM GMT
    Great! Now I can cruise the aisles without leaving the subway! icon_biggrin.gif
  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Aug 02, 2011 3:05 PM GMT


    I have seen similar set ups in Europe, esp Germany, for years. They are not processed with a smart phone or delivered at home...but self-service convenient store type sundries. I used one near my hotel in Frankfurt earlier this summer....I commented to the human clerk manning the station how efficient the Germans are. She stared at me, blankly, and said "no...we are just lazy."
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    Aug 02, 2011 3:12 PM GMT
    NO NO NO NO. OH HELL NO.

    Why don't we just stick the cord in our back, sit in a pod and be done with it then. I love technology, but when it is used in this way it sucks the richness and sense of community from life. Just yuck.
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    Aug 02, 2011 3:14 PM GMT
    It was called Web Van here in Silicon Valley, before the bust, and it was truly great. The problem was it never made any money so one can look back and see it as a huge and elaborate investment scam. Investors lost billions but I bet the founders are sitting on a pile of money somewhere.
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    Aug 02, 2011 3:18 PM GMT
    dayumm saidGreat! Now I can cruise the aisles without leaving the subway! icon_biggrin.gif

    You can also shop groceries online, like I did in Fargo, North Dakota, with a local supermarket. During the severe snowy winter I tended to become a shut-in. I was entitled to special city handicapped transportation right to my door and to my destination, but you had to schedule it an hour in advance for both going & returning, not practical for the supermarket. And carrying the bags was difficult for me.

    Instead, their whole store was online, with excellent product pics & descriptions. And they kept a record of your past purchases, so you could use it like a shopping list, rather than scan the whole store. Furthermore, they listed specials separately, so you could check those very easily.

    If you purchased over $50 there was no "shopping charge" but always a $5 delivery charge (drivers refused tips). Your payment method was on file, and happened automatically. You selected your delivery day & time online, too, up to a week in advance, and they were accurate within a 2-hour window.

    For someone with mobility problems it was wonderful. I'm surprised little Fargo had such a sophisticated system, while many other US places do not. If you know of someone who could use such a service, elderly or handicapped, you might have them check the availability in their area. Of course someone in their household must be able to use a computer.
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    Aug 02, 2011 3:21 PM GMT
    Ravco saidNO NO NO NO. OH HELL NO.

    Why don't we just stick the cord in our back, sit in a pod and be done with it then. I love technology, but when it is used in this way it sucks the richness and sense of community from life. Just yuck.


    lol I dont think a grocery store is a very social place to being with...everyone is minding their own business besides many people dont always have the time to go grocery shopping and end up eating off the first fast food chain they find on their way home. Brilliant idea, it should definitely be adopted in north america
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    Aug 02, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
    Ravco saidNO NO NO NO. OH HELL NO.

    Why don't we just stick the cord in our back, sit in a pod and be done with it then. I love technology, but when it is used in this way it sucks the richness and sense of community from life. Just yuck.
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    Aug 02, 2011 4:07 PM GMT
    Ravco saidNO NO NO NO. OH HELL NO.

    Why don't we just stick the cord in our back, sit in a pod and be done with it then. I love technology, but when it is used in this way it sucks the richness and sense of community from life. Just yuck.
    What he said. It's cool that stores can cut down on human employment, incorporate technology to do the work for them, but that's not what we want right now in a recession like this, plus it really does cut down on the sense of community you get from going to the grocery store. On top of that- I don't want to hit a button and get moldy strawberries.
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    Aug 02, 2011 4:16 PM GMT
    I mean its an awesome idea, but there's just something about going to the store and hand picking the fruit out. Also groceries are expensive enough. I'm sure home delivery wouldn't help that much.
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    Aug 02, 2011 4:16 PM GMT
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    Ravco saidNO NO NO NO. OH HELL NO.

    Why don't we just stick the cord in our back, sit in a pod and be done with it then. I love technology, but when it is used in this way it sucks the richness and sense of community from life. Just yuck.
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    Maybe.... icon_wink.gif

    I actually enjoy mingling with people at the store. Perhaps I'm a bit extroverted in this way, but barely a visit goes by that I don't end up making small talk with fellow patrons. Not to mention, the smells, a bakery, coffee being ground... Maybe it's just me. Oh, and I enjoy groping the fruit before I make a purchase.
    (That was for Paul)


  • kew1

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    Aug 02, 2011 4:42 PM GMT
    Alpha13 saidIt was called Web Van here in Silicon Valley, before the bust, and it was truly great. The problem was it never made any money so one can look back and see it as a huge and elaborate investment scam. Investors lost billions but I bet the founders are sitting on a pile of money somewhere.


    That shouldn't happen with this - Tesco already have the shops, they just get members of staff to pick it . That's what they do with the online shopping here.
    They're also the worlds 3rd biggest retail group (after Walmart & Carrefour).
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    Aug 02, 2011 5:23 PM GMT
    In principle, I think it's a great idea. We're really heading in that direction so that online shopping will eventually become the norm. Personally, however, I can't see myself ever buying fresh produce online; at least not without a guarantee of quality. As it is, at least in the area I shop, I am very picky about the produce I buy. There's just so much variation in the quality. Processed/canned/boxed food, perhaps. But not fruit, veg or meat.

    Just my $0.02
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    Aug 02, 2011 5:31 PM GMT
    I use freshdirect for everything except produce but only because its cheaper here. The other groceries are not.
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    Aug 02, 2011 6:11 PM GMT
    Shop at home is not new... my family owned a grocery store before I was born and they delivered to many regular customers, who probably trusted they'd be given fresh meat and produce without having to see it themselves. This works on a small scale but

    In some of our Stop and Shop stores, you get a "gun" when you check in and scan the stuff as you go and then put it right in your bags... you can still pick and weigh your own produce and whatnot, but when you get to the checkout, you just scan a barcode with the gun, then your card, and your whole order is scanned in at once so you don't have to scan each thing on the belt or wait for a checker to do it. Once every 20 trips or so (usually when you're in a mad rush) you get "audited" which just means an employee scans about six items to make sure you are paying for everything you took.

    They offer a shop-at-home service called "Peapod" which I think existed as a Fresh Direct type service but then was bought by Stop and Shop.I've never used it for some of the same reasons others mentioned (liking to hand-pick the produce and meat) and also because of the added cost.
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    Aug 02, 2011 6:26 PM GMT
    I'll stick with markets. Public markets, farmers' market, etc.
    I like the social aspect, the multicultural diversity, the familiar
    faces, aromas from the specialty shops, and the opporunity
    to taste and talk about food with knowledgeable and passionate
    individuals. Almost everything I purchase regularly is either whole
    or minimally processed, and I view supermarkets as hypertrophied
    "convenience marts" where I may sometimes go when I'm out of TP.
    Bottom-line focus on efficiency never results in anything to remember.
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    Aug 02, 2011 6:30 PM GMT
    I get that this could affect unemployment even more, but what is with the whole "Sense of community" thing? I've never had any of that sort when grocery shopping. I go there, get my crap, get out. I don't need to talk about why I'm buying nilla wafers!
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    Aug 02, 2011 6:55 PM GMT
    Not the future of my grocery shopping. Most of my diet is fresh perishable food, and I would never buy it blindly online.
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    Aug 02, 2011 11:23 PM GMT
    Tesco is shit! It's slowly poisoning me

    One day your shopping for yogurt and there's a new special offer, you try it and it's crap... sugar, fat and nondairy milk substitue...

    The next week my regular yogurt is 10% more expensive

    The next they cut the flavors...down to 2

    The next it's on the bottom self and looking sad and unpopular old stock that no one buys,

    The next they cut the size choice down to one portion so you have to buy 3 at twice the price of the old 1....

    And then 2 mths later it's gone and you ask where, and the kid says it just wasn't selling and suggests you buy the cheap crap

    that's the future of grocery shopping here at least icon_neutral.gif
  • Syphon

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    Aug 04, 2011 5:27 AM GMT
    Grocery shopping is a big pain in the ass and fucking waste of time if you don't have a car, so I'd totally use that.

    Not having to walk 20 minutes in the blowing snow and -30 in the winter to and from the grocery store carrying 30lbs of groceries? Fuck yes.
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    Aug 04, 2011 5:41 AM GMT
    Orientals like the weirdest things.
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    Aug 04, 2011 5:42 AM GMT
    Syphon saidGrocery shopping is a big pain in the ass and fucking waste of time if you don't have a car, so I'd totally use that.

    Not having to walk 20 minutes in the blowing snow and -30 in the winter to and from the grocery store carrying 30lbs of groceries? Fuck yes.


    You could probably do it now. Most modern grocery chains have online shopping and delivery.