Have you ever wondered why you waste your time trying to stare at overwhelming items at grocery stores? It’s actually because you have lots of options. Worse you still have to bring these carts along with you as you stroll them through sections then carry them out with you as soon as you pay them at the cashier. To sum it up in one sentence…
Your typical grocery day is energy taxing.
Admit it. We all have 24 hours a day and chances are you spend around more than an hour just to check off those items from your grocery list if you have one. That excludes the time you are using to sort out items you have to buy. Let’s use a more realistic scenario that any shoppers experience especially during rush hours.
Imagine being stuck with traffic jams for the sake of grocery. Instead of just using your energy from strolling your cart wheels or deciding what food items you have to buy, you are wasting your time at the middle of the road waiting for your turn to use that gas pedal.
As time ticks you start to feel annoyed with the situation. Well no one can blame you for feeling such. After all we cannot control what happens with our surrounding. Instead we can only control how we respond with these situations.
Traffic jams always happen. Sadly they are rampant especially at the busy areas of United States and Canada. The stakes are high for you to be stuck with it. As response, you have the option to deal with it or to have the alternatives.
If books have Kindle, electronic gadgets have Amazon, it is no exception to do your groceries with just few click from your smartphone or laptop. This is your alternative. Using Instacart, you can opt to buy food items without compromising your convenience.
Since the author gave you an alternative for you convenience’s sake, it is nice to also let you know the ins and outs of integrating Instacart to your day to day basis.
How Does Instacart Work?
Instacart is an online platform. You can categorize the platform as an online shopping website but it is tailored for your grocery needs so you can buy basic necessities ranging from you meat section, fruits and vegetables, frozen and non-frozen, and even toiletries.
As a retail virtual store, Instacart let’s you select your preferred goods then they will pick, pack, and deliver them to any designated areas you want to. Well it’s common to make your deliver at your own house. In essence the platform makes you decide based on your preferences.
With this preference you are allowing Instacart to do your grocery. The platform is your proxy. You are delegating the task of buying what you want which in turn lessen your effort than doing it your own. In essence, Instacart is useful especially for the disabled.
Most online stores allows you to pay using credit cards and so Instacart is no exception to this. You agree that Instacart will do the grocery for you, pay them by shouldering the cost, and then make things more convenient so you can focus on more important matters in your life.
Since you also expect delivery for this alternative of doing your grocery, expect that you will get your purchased goods within an hour. In addition the virtual store gives you free delivery on your first order once bought over 10 dollars of goods.
Before you can do your transactions with Instacart, you have to use an instacart log-in account to provide personal information that will be useful for them such as where they have to deliver your intended goods. You have three options: sign-up so they will punch it to their database, use your Facebook account, or use your Google account.
Since at least you have an overview on how Instacart works, let the author of this article discuss another important thing to remember…
What Are Pros And Cons Of Using Instacart?
Of course it will be more realistic and unbiased to include this to the article. After all every goods and services both have pros and cons.
This article emphasized earlier convenience as the most pro you can get from Instacart but here’s the catch: you need an internet to do all the transactions. Without internet you don’t have any choice but to hit the nearest convenient store for your grocery needs.
Also Instacart offers their services as of now in United States and Canada. Well the author thinks Instacart expanding their services more than these mentioned regions will be a good thing. By the way their good service reflects to their mantra of same-day delivery to major cities of US and Canada.
Since Instacart partners with many retail outlets they have access to more cost-cutting products so that you don’t only save your time and effort but also your money. For instance, you will see frequently discount tags marked with red font color while glossing over through their virtual catalog.
Let the author make bullet points to emphasize striking and general differences between traditional and online grocery (such as Instacart) which is highly similar to traditional vs. online shopping.
Pros of traditional grocery:
- You can check the products thoroughly
- You get the product immediately after paying it through the cashier
- You can inspect for any defects on the products yourself
Cons of traditional grocery:
- You lose time by queuing
- You cannot compare prices from other shops
- You exert physical effort that much especially when carrying heavy grocery bags
Pros of online grocery:
- You save time and money since you don’t worry any longer for available parking lots and gas, or transportation fare
- You can compare prices
- Lots of options
- You can do your grocery anywhere and even send them as gifts
- Avoid splurging since the shopping cart icon reminds you of how much money you spend so far
Cons of online grocery:
- You can’t see your intended items physically so you don’t know if they are overlooked
- A possibility of not receiving your grocery item due to wrong address
- Paying higher price for delivery than for the product
Instacart and other online (virtual) stores allow you to sit back and relax at the comforts of your place by delegating simple tasks which include your grocery. To learn more about the products and services offered by this online platform grocery shop, please don’t hesitate to click this link which redirects you to their site.