[tabi] Re: a new internet grocery store

  • From: "Betsy" <betsaw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2009 20:59:06 -0400

This site has great potential, but my first 45 minutes with it have been a 
little frustrating.  I had to load window eyes to even see the sign up process 
and it still wasn't labeled very well so had to guess what they wanted in the 
fields.  Lots of trial and error.  So far, browsing is tedious and I cannot add 
products to my list; nothing happens, but the selection is good and I'll keep 
playing until I figure it out.
All that to say, not too user friendly yet, but I think it will be worth the 
effort to make it work.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Chip Orange 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 3:10 PM
  Subject: [tabi] a new internet grocery store

  Hi all,

  here's a very interesting article from unclutterer.com

  Convenient dry goods delivery from Alice.com

  A couple months ago, I was given the opportunity to be a beta-beta tester for
  . (A gamma tester?) It's a dry goods grocery delivery service where you place 
  order online and then have the items shipped directly to your home.
  The prices are comparable to what you might find in a big box store like 
Costco or
  Sam's Club, but the products are sized like what you would buy in a grocery 
  or pharmacy. All with the added convenience of not having to go to a store 
(and there
  is no charge for shipping). You can set up a shopping list and reminders, so 
  every few weeks or a couple times a year (you set the schedule) you receive a 
  from Alice.com telling you that you might be getting low on toilet paper or 
  or shampoo.
  I've gone shopping on Alice, paid for my order, and received a shipment. For 
as much
  as I ordered, I was genuinely surprised at how little packaging they used. It 
  fit in a reasonably sized box and the box broke down easily to go into our 
  bin. Everything about the process was convenient.
  And I think that is why I liked it so much. It's convenient. I'm incredibly 
  and the last thing I want to do is have to run to the store to pick up toilet 
  when we inevitably run out at 10:00 at night. Now, I get a notice once a 
month asking
  me if I need toilet paper, and if my supplies are low, I order more. I make a 
  clicks with my mouse in less than a minute and toilet paper appears two days 
  Right now, since they're still in beta, they're only carrying the major 
brands. But,
  they're in negotiations with smaller manufacturers to increase their 
inventory. They
  actually carried my favorite brand of all of the supplies I ordered, so I 
  notice that anything was missing. During testing, though, I noted one or two 
  of products that weren't on their inventory and
   after I suggested the product it appeared on the list a few days later. So, 
I know
  they're listening to consumer requests. The interface is easy to use, too, 
and these
  cute little cartoon people guide you through the site:
  I think about my friends who have infants at home and barely have time to 
  and how nice it would be for them if diapers just appeared on their 
doorsteps. I
  think about my friends who live in downtown New York who have to take 20 
minute train
  rides to get to the closest big box store, and how much time it would save 
them if
  their dry good items could simply be delivered. Since I buy the vast majority 
  my food through our local farmer's market, Alice.com saves me from having to 
  a second shopping trip to the grocery store. It's extremely convenient for 
busy people.
  It removes an errand/chore from my weekly schedule and allows me to spend 
that time
  doing something that matters more to me. It's simple and uncluttered, for my 
  Granted, this service isn't for everyone. If you like going to the grocery 
  and smelling products and first touching what you're going to buy, then you 
  like getting your dry goods delivered. It also takes 15 to 20 minutes to put 
  your initial order (at least that is what it took me) which isn't much of a 
  saver on that first trip. Subsequent trips are just seconds, however, since 
you have
  an established shopping list. Also, if you buy a lot of small production 
goods, it
  might take a while for those to become available as contracts are negotiated 
  Alice and those manufacturers.
  What do you think about dry goods being delivered to your door? To me, it's a 
  like Netflix or Amazon, just with the specific grocery angle. If you're 
  in trying it for yourself, you can sign up for a free account and be a beta 
  too, at

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