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Groceries to your door

Bosma Enterprises - 4/6/2020 10:46:17 AM

During this time, simple tasks like getting groceries for people who are blind can be a complicated task. There are several services that can bring your groceries to your door. 

For people who are blind or have other physical disabilities, traveling from store to store is not always an option. Finding someone sighted to take you to the store is not always an option, and depending on your location, taxies and rideshare service fees can quickly add up.  However, when you're shopping for specific items or brands, communication can sometimes be challenging when you are shopping with someone unfamiliar with the brands and foods you like. Nowadays, with all the advancements in technology, the ability to order food and other items directly from your smartphone or computer is available.  There are a plethora of online grocery shopping options these days; all have their pros and cons. Some offer fresh foods, while others only provide non-perishable items.

We recently sat down with Mendi Evans, assistive technology specialist at Bosma Enterprises, to learn more about the many different delivery services and her recommendation on which services to use.
 
Amazon Prime Now
This service delivers from Amazon, Fresh Thyme or Whole Foods. Fresh Thyme orders must be $35 to qualify for free delivery. Fresh Thyme orders do include perishable items. Food items from amazon mostly include non-perishable items such as snacks, shelf-stable beverages, etc. Amazon items also include select items ranging from electronics to toys and everything in between. Delivery fees vary depending on how quickly you would like your items. The best option to use this service is to search for your items on the site and then complete the process on the app, as the web site checkout process is not as user friendly as one might like. Meanwhile, selecting a delivery window and other checkout options works flawlessly on the mobile app. A subscription to Amazon Prime is required to use this service.

Google Express
This service has delivery from many stores, including Whole Foods, Costco, Walgreens, Stables, Target and Walmart, just to name a few. Items do not include perishable items, meaning this is not a good solution for groceries. Deliveries are typically the next day. The delivery fee is $4.99. Subscription is no longer required. This option is accessible via a mobile app or the web site.

Shipt
This is a grocery service that delivers from Meijer. Deliveries are free with a $35 order. Deliveries can be had on the same day. This includes groceries, household items, and almost anything available at Meijer. If it is not listed on the site, you can add a special request. If your item is not available, you have the option for it to be substituted or for your assigned shopper to contact you. Shoppers typically contact you via text on your cell phone. An annual subscription is required for this service.

Instacart
This service includes delivery from several stores and might vary by zip code. Delivery fee is a bit higher at $6.99, but deliveries are same-day. Stores in my area include Kroger, Meijer, CVS and Georgetown Market. The app is mostly accessible, though sometimes trying to choose store is a hint confusing. That said, you can get same-day deliveries for a fee of $6.99, or there is a subscription option, allowing you to avoid delivery fees. The app discloses that prices are higher than in store. That said, in some cases, it is still cheaper than some of the other options available. Also, if an item is out of stock, the push notification sent to your phone to select your substitution options is fully accessible.

We hope the services above help you get through these uncertain times and provide you with another option to get the items you need. Grocery delivery is a beautiful thing, and the options to get it done are definitely a plus. However, if you are looking for an independent solution where you can pick and choose brands at your own pace, you might give one or all of these a try. To learn more about Bosma Enterprises and the services we offer, visit bosma.org.