Grocery shopping is a cumbersome task for most, but thanks to the booming online grocery industry, it’s become as simple as a click of a mouse to have your groceries sent directly to your home.
This means you don’t have to bother driving or walking down to the grocery store. The entire shopping experience happens by using your computer or mobile device.
The growth in online stores has made online grocery shopping easy. This space has become extremely competitive with many companies launching online portals offering customers a variety of products that they can buy online. Competition has also led to lower prices and better service.
How to shop?
If you are a novice at online shopping, then we have a guide for you that tells all that you need to know how to shop for grocery online.
- Find an online store
The first step is, of course, to find an online store from where you can shop. You need to find out if they would deliver to your area. Generally, most online stores deliver products home. But, if you are staying in an out of the way location, it would be better to first check if they deliver to your home. Most websites would have an option for you to enter your zip code so you can know if they deliver to your home and also whether they do it for free or charge for it.
You can take the help of Google to find out online grocery stores who can supply to your area. Just use the search term ‘Online grocery shopping’ and you will get a list of stores from where you can buy your grocery online.
- Compare before you buy
Before you buy, you need to compare the various online stores to decide from whom to buy. Check out some of the online stores and look for the following:
- Do they deliver to your home and is delivery free?
- Are all the products and brands of your choice available?
- Will you be able to save money shopping online from this store?
- Is there a variety of products available?
- Does the store have good reviews from customers on review sites/Google?
Find out the answers to these questions and compare prices between various websites before you decide the store to buy from. Some online stores like mercato.com allow you to buy products from multiple stores. This would help you to get a wider choice of stores and products. This helps you to buy the best products from different stores.
- Register with the store
Once you decide on a store to buy from, you can register with the online store. This is beneficial as it allows you to save your orders, so it would be easy to re-order next time. Provide all your details and signup. Create a password and wait for the confirmation mail. You can now login using your user ID and password.
- Start shopping
On the home page, the top products and deals would be displayed. You can start with that. There would be a search option where you can type the product or brand name and search for it. This saves time going through the entire list of products displayed.
When you see a product you like, select it and check the details. If you want to buy it, add it to your cart. The product is added to a virtual cart. Keep shopping and once you are done, select the option to check out.
- Pay for it
You can pay online using your card or digital wallet or other options provided. Check if the site URL has ‘https’ which indicates it is secure and you can shop safely. You can either pay online or choose to pay on delivery. This depends on the website’s features and your preference.
That’s it! Your shopping is done. You will get a message/mail with your order details and the estimated date/time of delivery.
All you need to do is wait for the store to deliver the product to your home and your online shopping is successfully complete. And yes, in case you have a problem with the product, you can always get it replaced.