There’s been a lot of incentives provided lately by the major supermarkets (Coles and Woolies) to move consumers to online shopping eg through reward points or Flybuys points and free trial home deliveries. The pandemic lockdown have made it difficult to shop in-store in many instances.
I understand some people love it because they are time poor or have better use for their time. Fortunately I don't have that constraint.
Personally, I have not moved to online purchasing for food and don’t see it happening anytime soon. I do enjoy online purchasing for other categories.
My reasons are:
- I prefer to do multiple small shops a week for perishables like fruit, vegetable, meat, bread, eggs and milk so that I have the freshest possible product. I often defer my purchase if these products don’t look fresh enough.
- I want to pick the freshest, best looking perishable items eg fruit that are not bruised. I look for items such as apples that are heavier to ensure juciness. I don’t mind the imperfect fruit and vegs if they are only misshaped. I don’t squeeze tomatoes or avocados!
- Where possible, I look for items with the longest Use By or Best By dates.
- Even for canned or other packaged goods, I want to make sure the packaging is not dented or crushed.
- I love looking for new products.
- Finding an unadvertised special or clearance item is an unexpected delight
So my question is: have you moved to online shopping for all or most of your grocery shopping? What has your experience been like?
PS: A poll may be useful but I'm not smart enough to set one up!