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Adam

2/3/2016 3:46:58 PM
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Online grocery order/pickup

Inspired by the new poll question on the front page, I'm curious... would you use an online grocery order and pickup service in Brandon like whats being tested in Ottawa and Toronto (link below)?  
Basically you place your grocery order online, then the next day pull into a designated parking space and call a phone number and they bring your order out to you. Pricing for Walmart at least is $3 plus your standard grocery prices. Loblaw (Superstore parent) offers a similar service in Toronto.  
 
Link:  
http://www.thestar.com/business/2016/02/03/walmart-tries-online-groceries-in-the-gta.html

 
 
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Brandon2012

2/3/2016 4:26:16 PM
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No time savings

I disagree that there is some magical time savings with this method, If I had to sift through a website of groceries to find what I want, I likely could run into the store and get what I need in the same amount of time.  
 
Also, I don't want some person I don't know, man handling my produce. Nor deciding what head of lettuce is least brown, or which avocado's are perfectly that way that I want them.  
 
I also love going through in store only clearance.  
 
Also, I like to pick something up for dinner while I'm there. Maybe a roasted chicken or something fast and affordable, I can't do that on the fly if I am only pulling up.

traveller

2/3/2016 4:49:46 PM
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:)

i could see an advantage to it but as the above poster said i like to pick my own veggies and look at the sales but i hate to tell that poster that many random people handle the veggies from the field to shelf lol  
 
i imagine now a days they could have a web page set up with your typical items so it would be easy and convenient but they will miss the impulse buys with this type of shopping  
 
Edited by traveller, 2016-02-03 16:59:45

sharon kucher

2/3/2016 5:12:02 PM
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quick buys

I would definitely use this service for quick basic buys especially in the winter..... Milk, bread, diapers, etc....  
 
As long as there is no minimum needed to buy.

wonderment

2/3/2016 5:47:21 PM
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if

I was unable to get out on my own I would for sure.

sammy

2/3/2016 5:50:47 PM
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Like others, I like to touch my produce and pick my own so I can control the quality and ripeness of it. If I'm going to the store for that I may as well just buy my other stuff too.  
 
However, if they delivered right to my door I might consider that from time to time!

Popgoestheweasel

2/3/2016 7:09:19 PM
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I already order my groceries online through walmart and have it delivered to my door. I just buy my perishables at the nearby sobeys. I love it.

G-Money

2/3/2016 8:08:20 PM
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Big city

Am from London, UK, this system works very well. It might not work well here in Brandon.  
Life in big city is very very busy.  
So shopping is hectic, therefore some people prefer online grocery shopping.  
So for a small city like Brandon it might works possibly in winter time.  
Anyway is a good strategy.

hobbes

2/3/2016 8:17:01 PM
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Yes! I love what Loblaws is testing out west, and would love to see Superstore in Brandon offer the Click & Collect program!  
 
Not everyone would use it, but I would- and often!  
 
https://shop.superstore.ca/about  
 
Edited by hobbes, 2016-02-03 20:20:27

Gilly

2/4/2016 6:11:10 AM
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also from UK

I'm also from the UK and it seems like everyone there used this service which is provided by nearly all the big grocery stores, Tesco, Adsa, etc  
I have family members who live in very rural areas and work long hours and this is a service that works really great for them.  
Just the geography of the area here is so different i'm not sure it would work as well here, but remember... the Coop has been delivering groceries in town for years!

sjj

2/4/2016 6:59:56 AM
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Be a money maker.

Used to work for a delivery company that delivered Safeway groceries to the elderly in homes and private residences. This was back in the late nineties. There was a lot of deliveries.

Tater

2/4/2016 8:22:54 AM
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Food fare &; Pal's Winnipeg

These two grocery stores in Winnipeg have always offered home delivery, I think one was free and one was $5, you could phone in your order or you could go and shop in person and they'd bring your groceries home for you.

Knucklehead

2/4/2016 8:42:15 AM
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Yupp

  
jennkenn said "I would seriously never step into a grocery store again. "

No more people running over my heels or talking in the middle of the isle in front of something I need!  
 
Would never set foot in a grocery store again!

traveller

2/4/2016 9:13:10 AM
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:)

  
Knucklehead said "
  
jennkenn said "I would seriously never step into a grocery store again. "

No more people running over my heels or talking in the middle of the isle in front of something I need!  
 
Would never set foot in a grocery store again! "

just curious, but if what you say is true do you use co-ops delivery and if not why?

happycamper

2/4/2016 9:30:03 AM
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on line grocery ordering

I currently order my produce through Brown sugar produce..they send you a weekly list what is available now..and they deliver it to me in Brandon for $2.00 or you can pick it up at patmores.the produce was grown locally (ie: potatoes, carrots, etc. as well they sell pea shoots, sunflower seed shoots and other stuff. ) they are very friendly and helpful as well. their phone number is 204-727-8372 they supply some of the fancy restaurants in Brandon as well.

Tamara79

2/4/2016 9:54:26 AM
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Delivery

I would probably use online ordering if it was delivered, but not if I had to pick it up. If it was delivered I'd be ok with paying a small fee. I have asked coop about their delivery service, but didnt use it because its only certain days. Its not just useful for the elderly, I knew some students without cars who utilized the delivery service.

Knucklehead

2/4/2016 12:38:29 PM
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No

I live in the middle of nowhere. But even if i could just pick up at the door I would, instead of going in to places like walmart or sobeys. I really don't do well in crowds.

Mommy_in_need

2/4/2016 9:56:25 PM
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absolutely

I will 100% use it. May buy my produce seperately but the bulk of it - absolutely!!!

NotThatGuy

2/4/2016 10:58:12 PM
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...

  
Tamara79 said "I would probably use online ordering if it was delivered, but not if I had to pick it up. If it was delivered I'd be ok with paying a small fee. I have asked coop about their delivery service, but didnt use it because its only certain days. Its not just useful for the elderly, I knew some students without cars who utilized the delivery service. "

You should maybe call them again. They have been doing daily delivery for over a year now.  

Scottk

2/4/2016 11:15:18 PM
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Yes

I do grocery shopping on my way out of town. I have a 30 minute commute and shopping takes away from my evening and adds aggravation to family waiting for me to get home. Grocery shopping is my weakness too, I know the $3 charge will be multiplied a hundred times as I save on not picking up "extras". I've been chomping at the bit for this for a long time!

Timetowakeup

2/5/2016 7:06:49 AM
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great idea

I have an elderly relative who uses grocery delivery and I see it as a huge benefit and here is why. Currently she phones in her order and lots seems to get lost in translation. This way she could pick the size and brand of what she is trying to order and then will be able to print out her order and be able to check off the list so no groceries "get lost" like they currently sometimes do.

jmc

2/5/2016 8:25:15 AM
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...

So is there a store in Brandon that is currently using an order and pick up method right now? Because I would like to start using it. We live 45 minutes from Brandon but do a lot of our shopping there. I really don't like shopping with my boys because if things go south I can't just leave. If we're shopping in brandon - things need to get done.

Adam

2/5/2016 8:33:25 AM
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Online grocery

Some excellent thoughts, thanks to all who have chipped in so far.  
Myself I'm torn. If/when something similar comes here I'd definitely give it a try..... Potential time savings are encouraging but am mindful of hidden costs/unintended consequences.  
 
Everyone's shopping needs, schedules, etc are going to be different but for me personally produce quality and freshness of bread/meat (same-day) would probably make or break. Maybe I'm picky, but for every three apples I pick up I end up putting two back in the bin because of bruises, bordering on over-ripe, etc. Similar with bananas where if picking randomly you can get stuck with a bunch that are already bordering on over-ripe and have to be eaten very soon rather than spread out over a few days. Generally won't buy bread or meat unless they were made/packaged that same day so that we have the flexibility of using for a few days without freezing. If having someone else pick groceries out ends up with having to throw more stuff out for going bad sooner it would be more trouble than its worth, but if I get to keep freshness and still have the convenience of picking up for say $3 it would be worth it.  
 
Haven't checked out what the shopping experience is like on Walmart or Loblaws' site but would also be important that the website makes it easy to pick and choose which items are on sale, which items have rewards deals (i.e. Air Miles) on for that week.  
 
The topic itself seems to have enough people curious with there being almost 2000 views on this thread so far. From reading posts it does also definitely sound like there are people that would make use. Brandon has been a test market in the past for other endeavours...... if you're reading this and are involved with a store that might offer, no harm in copying and pasting this thread link to head office  
 
 
 
 
 
Edited by Adam, 2016-02-05 08:46:43

HappyHaggis

2/5/2016 8:44:44 PM
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Apr 2014
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Common in the UK

This is something that is very common in the UK already, except they deliver your groceries straight to your door! Cost varies, however is generally no more that $6. The good thing about the way they do it, is if you place an order, it stays on your account for next time, so if you buy the same things regularly you can just edit your order to take out the things you don't need, which saves time. Alternatively you can place a whole different order. Although I think it's a great idea for those who may be immobile or who just plain don't like grocery stores, there are some foods that I prefer to select for myself, like fresh produce and meat. I also like to self select items with a half decent expiry date!

Heritage

2/5/2016 10:05:48 PM
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Maybe.  
 
I'm single and have an injury. I find that just getting to the back corner of the store where the staples like eggs and dairy are is taxing.  
 
When you're hurt or elderly, the size of grocery stores today is a hindrance. Picture the Robaxacet guy with a needle in his back pushing the cart to the back corner of Walmart, lifting the groceries, standing in line, then pushing the full cart through snow and lifting them into his car again, then still needing to unload them at home.  
 
It's not the stores fault I'm injured but it sure makes me realize how the huge stores are a hindrance for the elderly.  
 
Superstore massive carts are the worst...like a tank  
 
Anyway, it could be very useful in mid winter for these reasons, and i could either pick out and pay for my produce before calling them, our i probably couldn't short winter produce prices anyway haha.  
 
Just my perspective.  
 
However, to maintain the system and store perishable foods and pay staff to shop for you is definitely more than $3 so everyones grocery bill would go up.

Heritage

2/5/2016 10:07:26 PM
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Sorry that should be 'couldn't afford winter produce prices'

truckerboy

2/6/2016 2:54:43 AM
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Lol

Sorry but how lazy are people going to get!

Brenda

2/6/2016 7:37:30 AM
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well

  
truckerboy said "Sorry but how lazy are people going to get! "

some may be elderly and find it hard to get it. Others may have to take a taxi to and from the store when getting groceries, which would be expensive. Only think of your own situation, not others!

Davex

2/27/2016 12:43:42 PM
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Oh really..

  
Brenda said "
  
truckerboy said "Sorry but how lazy are people going to get! "

some may be elderly and find it hard to get it. Others may have to take a taxi to and from the store when getting groceries, which would be expensive. Only think of your own situation, not others! "

Have you ever figured for some people that don't have vehicles or rely just in transit that sometimes they can't haul a lot of groceries or heavy stuff. Some times having a delivery option is a major help to them. Or elderly people or people with disabilities or mobility issues...

MysteryInk

2/27/2016 1:28:46 PM
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Sobeys South on 18th St.

Sobeys South on 18th street has a grocery delivery service. If you call and talk with a customer service employee they can help you with your order and have another business delivery it for you. Should inquire if you're interested, don't know the costs though.

 
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