Online grocery shopping can feel like an alien thing to do especially when you like hitting the grocery. But when you've got tons of chores and errands (many of you have probably gone on an emergency mall run because of school requirements your son just told now but it is needed tomorrow), having people bring your grocery right to your doorstep sounds like bliss. And, imagine, you don't need to negotiate, oops, we meant deal with cranky toddlers at a supermarket aisle.
One online grocery store we've had our eye on is Honestbee. For those new to online services, Honestbee makes it feel a lot less intimidating. The interface is organized, clean and user-friendly -- a must for moms who don’t have the spare time or energy to figure out a finicky service. (Tip: You can get P500 off on your first order with a minimum spend of P1,500. Just click the yellow box bellow the sign-up button.)
Based on what we've browsed on the site, it seems possible to get all the shopping needed on your to-buy list. That is, provided your delivery address fits within Honestbee’s delivery areas: Makati, BGC, Pasay, San Juan, Mandaluyong, and Ortigas.
A partnership with Robinsons Supermarket gives Honestbee the edge to provide a wide selection of goods that almost feels like you're in a physical supermarket. A simple search for “diapers” brings up 193 results. Type down a brand, and a drop down appears below the search bar to provide quick selections. Look for the label “Today’s best price” and know that what you’re buying is priced the same as in-store.
Fresh produce and meat are available too, so you can buy all your pang-sahog along with the meat you need for tonight’s ulam.
There is no delivery charge with a minimum order of P1,500. Otherwise, there is a P99 charge, which can be reasonable especially if you take the car or commute to the grocery store. Another bonus: they accept cash-on-delivery aside from major credit/debit cards.
Tip: check out the “Promotions” tab where they have items on sale. We found extra-large baby diapers with a P80 discount. Score!
Another handy service is the store's “concierge” service, which acts as your shopper. He or she will handpick your shopping list, and inspect produce for freshness and check expiration dates on packaged goods for you. Your concierge will also inform you (via text message) when items on your list are not in stock and suggest substitutes. (Tip: If you want smaller okras instead of large ones, for example, indicate your preference in the “Add Instructions” box provided before you checkout.)
Honestbee works on a time slot delivery system in one-hour periods. So the idea is you can schedule a time slot for when you’re home and not busy with other errands, like picking Junior up from school. Aside from Robinsons Supermarket, Honestbee lets you shop from stores like Fresh Options Meatshop, Pamora Farm, and even baby brand Chicco.
All the above comes from just browsing the site. Now, it's time to try out this service for real. Stay tune when we tell you about our experience.
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