‘I don’t overspend’: How grocery pickup, delivery is saving shoppers time and money

On a recent afternoon, Ericah Brunner waited in a specially marked parking space at Weis Markets as an employee loaded soda, chips, milk and other groceries she had ordered online into the back of her van.

Brunner said she’s been using curbside pickup at the West Manchester Township store for at least a year.

“It’s very convenient. It saves time from having to go in and shop,” the West York resident said. “I just order everything online, and they always have everything perfect. I don’t have any complaints.”

More and more, customers of all ages, including millennials, families with young children, and the elderly with mobility issues, are shopping online or through a mobile app to pick up their groceries at the store or have them delivered to their homes.

Ads on Facebook entice shoppers to try curbside pickup or home delivery for free or at a discount. Companies, including Weis Markets, Giant Food Stores, WalmartTarget and BJ’s, are offering such services to customers in central Pennsylvania. In some cases, shoppers can pick up or receive their items within a few hours.

Ads on Facebook entice shoppers to try curbside pickup or home delivery for free or at a discount. Companies, including Weis Markets, Giant Food Stores, WalmartTarget and BJ’s, are offering such services to customers in central Pennsylvania. In some cases, shoppers can pick up or receive their items within a few hours.

Elsewhere around the country, some companies have been testing delivery with self-driving vehicles. And there are even experiments with drone deliveries.

The rapid evolution of technology — particularly mobile technology — has had an enormous impact on everyday life, including food shopping, said Dennis Curtin, a spokesman for Weis Markets. Customers are putting various forms of technology to use in a way that makes the most sense for the lives they live.

Source: Lebanon Daily News

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