The thing today, especially with the virus threatening our ever move, is home delivery of groceries and the pick and click services offered by chains like Walmart and Kroger’s.
We’ve successfully completed a click and pick at Kroger’s and just submitted another. We had to wait several days for our turn and didn’t get all we ordered. But the pickup was clean, safe, and quick. I pulled into the appropriate parking space, an attendant asked through the window for my name, and in a few minutes, they returned from the building with our order, which they quickly and neatly placed in the back of the mini-van.
Today we placed another order with Kroger’s but won’t pick it up until the middle of next week. They are obviously busy. Later today I placed our first pick and click with Walmart and it went very smoothly. I’ll find out tomorrow how the pickup part goes but the online experience was quicker than Kroger’s and best, it lets you know what is in or out of stock. When you are looking at department contents you’ll see pictures of each item. If the picture and price is nice and bright it is supposedly available. If it has been dimmed it is listed as out of stock. It will be interesting to see if this proves true at pickup time.
Both services provide you with a list of what you purchased along with a pickup appointment. You’re also provided time and date before which you can either cancel your order, part of your order or add items to your order.
I remember my mother in the 1950s calling Collins’ or Flynn’s Markets and ordering over the phone. We’d later either pick up the order or they’d deliver it to our house. So, what went around has come around.
We like these options as a means of staying safer during the pandemic but in reality, we’d much rather do our own shopping, I like reading the labels, comparing items, running into friends and socializing, and getting a little exercise. The only thing I don’t like about any option is that nobody has yet offered to carry our groceries into the house and store them in the pantry.