Better Shopping Through Technology
Mark Bittman's vision of a world where online grocery shopping is the norm is an appealing one. Keeping a stocked kitchen is one of the time costs of food that cooking advocates don't talk about that often. A meal can be assembled from raw ingredients, but procuring those ingredients is a real annoyance -- particularly late in the week, when Saturday's fresh foods have been used or have begun to rot.
Delivery, though, hasn't worked out so well. The food doesn't always survive the trip, and the extra cost of delivery has proven prohibitive for most early adopters. Plus, most people who are too busy to stop by the grocery also don't have time to wait at home for groceries.
But I've always wondered about pre-packaging: if I could do my shopping online, and then just pick up my packed bags at a pre-approved time, that would make running by the grocery at day's end a lot easier. A smart supermarket chain could even partner with a large recipe site to allow people to select a few recipes and add the ingredients, wholesale, to their cart. It could offer pre-selected packs (enchilada night!) for when people didn't want to sift through recipes. It could make a stocked fridge easier and more common.
Update: Apparently, Harris-Teeter has a program like this. But it's not offered in DC. Thanks, guys.
Photo credit: By Simon Dawson -- Bloomberg
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