Online shopping has had a seismic impact on how Ontarians buy everything from books to automobiles, but one of the areas where it has been slower to catch on is with groceries. While hot food delivery services are a time-honoured feature of urban living, grocery delivery has been slower to catch on — at least until now. In recent years, there has been an explosion of online grocery services that are changing how we shop for food. With companies like Ontario’s truLOCAL, which specializes in fresh, locally raised meat leading the way, it is now easier than ever before to get the best quality ingredients delivered straight to your door.
But if you want toorder your meat onlinethere are a few things you should bear in mind when considering which service to use. Not all delivery services are created equal, and before you commit to an order you should make sure that the service you have chosen fits your lifestyle. Here are a few things to watch out for:
The reason most people consider grocery delivery in the first place is because they want to save time, so before making any commitments it is important to make sure that the service you are considering will actual meet your scheduling needs. If they can only deliver during work hours, or require you to sign off on the delivery, receiving your delivery may end up being more of a hassle than simply stopping by the supermarket.
Another area where you should watch out for flexibility is with repeating orders, which are a popular feature of many delivery services where you make an order once set it up to automatically repeat.Repeating orders can save you a lot of time and trouble, but before opting to sign up, you should find out how easy it is to change your order between deliveries. You may want to introduce some variety as time goes on, and if the service won’t allow for this you might want to consider another one.
Ordering home delivery groceries should never mean accepting lower quality food. There are a lot of delivery services that specialize in gourmet options and artisanal processing, and even if you don’t live in a large urban market, you can find delivery services committed to sourcing only the best ingredients. So don’t settle for second rate!
One of the most significant changes in Canadian food culture over the past generation has been the growing awareness of the environmental impact of farming. For many consumers, ensuring that food is locally raised and produced in a sustainable wayis a driving motivation behind how and where they shop. If you are concerned about only purchasing from sustainable providers, find out how your delivery service sources its food, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about sustainability issues.
Delivery services are poised to launch a revolution in how we shop for groceries in Canada, and by doing your research and finding a service that works for your lifestyle, you might be able to save yourself time and money. If you want to find out for yourself how these services can make life easier, explore the options available in your area and sign up for a few trial deliveries. Who knows, it may change how you shop forever!
Ryan Yarbrough is a small business consultant, speaker, and the manager at Davis Financial Services, a small business consulting firm.