Grocery shopping is one of America's top-five hated household chores. Personally, I'd rather scratch my nails down a blackboard than hit the aisles of any supermarket. And let's not even get started on warehouse stores. Yuck!
Since the inception of the Internet, entrepreneurs have worked to cash in on this loathing by offering grocery delivery to homes and offices via orders placed online. Some have failed dismally, growing too fast and not spending enough time on a working business model. Others, like Peapod, have managed to make it through the start-up years and are slowly expanding across the country. For some reason, however, most major food chains still don't offer home delivery.
I used an online grocery home delivery service several years ago while living in San Francisco and miss it still. The service helped me save gas, avoid impulse buys, and limited visits to restaurants and fast-food emporiums due to an empty fridge. Plus, I bought fewer duplicate items because I could check my pantry as I filled out the online list.
So praise be to the following 34 companies that now offer home delivery of groceries (along with several other products). Service isn't available in all regions of the country, but many companies are rapidly growing into America's "fly-over" regions .
3. Austin Grocer
Austin, Texas, now has its own concierge-style service. Customers send in their lists, an employee personally hand picks your order from your desired store(s), then drops it off at your door. Cost is $34.50/hour, with an additional $10 gas charge for deliveries outside the city limits. Austin Grocer also ships nationally via FedEx. Weekly prepaid "Total Care" packages for the elderly and disabled allow you to save up to 30 percent per hour on delivery charges.
Some items are shipped via FedEx ground to arrive within 48 hours, while orders delivered directly by Groceries-Express drivers arrive in a one-hour window selected by the customer. The service also delivers pet, drugstore, health and beauty products, as well as alcoholic beverages.
Max Delivery provides daily shopping service in Manhattan, including groceries, household items, office supplies, DVD rentals, household items, and local gourmet and specialty foods. Deliveries are made within one hour and Max says their prices are comparable to those found at local supermarkets. Delivery is free for orders over $50 and $2.95 for smaller purchases. Spend $100 to receive $10 off and $200 to save $25.
This online grocery store delivers food and health and beauty supplies nationwide and to APO/FPO/AA/AP/AE addresses via FedEx. This makes it particularly easy to send care packages to military personnel and students. Netgrocer also sells kosher and organic products