We reside in a world ruled by convenience, and having convenience means having a lot of options to choose from. Whether it’s something as minimal as having choices in flavors of whatever you’re going to eat to something as important as having choices in your career options, today we have the luxury of having an almost unlimited range of options no matter what we choose to do.
The same case applies to grocery and fruit shopping as well now.
Gone are the days when you needed to get up, get ready, and physically go to the store to get your groceries. You no longer need to go through the effort of physically doing the shopping yourself in order to get the groceries you need. Whether it’s because you’re sick or tired, too busy, or just not in the mood to go out, now you’re covered by the multitude of options you have, thanks to the online grocery market in Singapore.
In this article, we will take a quick look at a comparison of 2 of these options to see which one is truly the winner overall when it comes to overall convenience in terms of time-saving, money-saving, effort-saving, and environmentally responsible.
When you get your fruits delivered to you at your home, you avoid having to get up and make the trip to the grocery store. You don’t even have to make so much effort as to leave your room and can easily get your groceries delivered to you. This is especially useful when you’re on a tight schedule and need last-minute deliveries but don’t have the time.
Store-picking, however, still requires you to go to the store and get your groceries.
Yes, it does still save more time than shopping in stores because when you opt to store pick, your groceries have already been selected and packaged for you and are ready to be picked up, so you don’t have to wait in lines or go around looking for them. You can just drop by, pick them up and go back just as quickly.
Winner: Fruit Delivery
Even though store picking is quicker than doing the grocery shopping manually, it still requires you to take the time to go to the grocery store, which is not needed when you choose to have the grocery delivered, and hence fruit delivery in Singapore wins this round.
Fruit delivery will usually cost you more in terms of the total payment because you have to factor in the cost of the delivery being made to the location you desire. Although some stores offer discounts on deliveries at certain times or even give free delivery if a certain amount of money is spent, we will still consider fruit delivery to be the more expensive option because of the delivery cost.
Store picking requires you to go and pick the groceries up yourself and hence cancel out the delivery cost. They might cause a bit more than just shopping regularly, but it’s usually not a considerable amount.
However, you do have to factor in the gas money it would take for you to get to the grocery store, and depending on where you are located, it could take more or even an equal amount of money.
Winner: Store Picking
This round goes to store picking because it does not need any additional payments for delivery to the location of desire. However, if the store is too far and it would cost you more to deliver the goods instead of going to the store, then store picking is not the wisest course of action.
This option requires little to no effort. All you will need to do is enter your shopping list and then you just sit back and relax and have the work done for you. All your online grocery in Singapore is a click away.
If you have a habit of ordering the same list regularly, then you’re also in luck because some stores tend to save your list and let you order exactly that over and over again, which means you will not even have to go through the minor inconvenience of having to reenter your list.
This option is a bit more effort-requiring. You have to drive or walk to the grocery store, which needs more mental effort and physical effort.
Winner: Fruit Delivery
This category is easily dominated by fruit delivery which is the epitome of convenience when it comes to grocery shopping in Singapore.
Having fruit delivered to your house seems like a much more environmentally responsible thing to do than using your car to drive to the grocery store, assuming you choose to go by car. One van driving to all the locations and delivering groceries is bound to leave a much smaller environmental footprint than every customer driving to the grocery store in their own car.
Surprisingly, however, store picking can be more environmentally responsible than fruit delivery in Singapore on some occasions. This is only possible if you are strategic about picking up your groceries.
If the grocery store comes in the way of a place you are already going to, store picking can become a very eco-friendly act, and you get to kill two birds with one stone (pick up groceries while already out on an errand) all the while saving time!
Of course, there are also other eco-friendly options like taking public transport or walking or cycling to the grocery store, but they can be limiting depending on where the grocery store is located and how much grocery you have.
Winner: Store Picking
This round is given to store picking because research shows that store picking if done strategically, can lead to much lower carbon emissions than even having fruit delivery in Singapore.
Hence, depending on the situation you are in, store picking and fruit delivery in Singapore can both be more useful than the other. Instead of sticking to one, it is best to switch between the two given in accordance with whichever provides the most convenience.