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Sure, it’s convenient, but it still has its drawbacks.

I remember tagging along with my mom on a weekend inside the grocery where would spend a couple of hours shopping for what to eat for the whole week. That used to be the case before but in the recent months, online grocery shopping has started becoming mainstream.

Sure, it’s convenient, but it still has its drawbacks.

I remember tagging along with my mom on a weekend inside the grocery where would spend a couple of hours shopping for what to eat for the whole week. That used to be the case before but in the recent months, online grocery shopping has started becoming mainstream.

Here in the UAE, Souq’s announcement to integrate grocery shopping into its app and website is another addition to the growing list of supermarkets that have started to offer online shopping where you simply order from the website or an app, pay for it and wait for it to be delivered. A simple search on Google for online grocery shopping will yield more than a dozen results.

There’s a few advantages to this – in a city like Dubai where everyone is mobile and always on the go, the convenience of no longer physically going to the grocery somehow will save you time – and let’s face it, who want to wait in the queue before you get your turn in the cashier, right?

Another would be that you are able to have your groceries delivered right to your doorstep. This somehow makes life easier for you so you don’t have to carry those heavy grocery bags. It would also prevent me from making impulse buys, which I always tend to do when I go grocery shopping.

That being said, there are also disadvantages to such services. One would be that you no longer handpick each produce that you would want to buy. Sure, the supermarket can give you the best one, but it won’t always be up to your standards.

Additionally, delivery would usually take time – sometimes 2 hours after you make the purchase. It varies per service of course, but let’s say on a weekend there is a good chance that you are not the only one buying groceries. You should also need to factor in the cost of the delivery, which at times can be very expensive. If you’re willing to pay extra for that, then it shouldn’t be a problem.

Lastly is the fact that most online groceries sometimes require to pay online using a credit card, which for some users isn’t really a worthwhile option. The good thing though is that most supermarkets offer cash on delivery services.

Deciding between ordering online or going to grocery is really up to you – there may be times when online shopping may be convenient but costs more, or you can save money but would have to queue along a busy line.

The way to think about this is that online grocery shopping isn’t really here to replace the traditional way we’ve come to buy our groceries, but merely as an alternative so that everyone has a choice.

What you do think about shopping for groceries online? Yay or nay? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Victor Philip Ortiz
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