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The rise of online grocery shopping: is it here to stay?

From virtual learning to working from home, add online grocery shopping to the list of things the internet has made more convenient for many people.

Posted: Sep 23, 2021 3:03 PM

Lafayette - Many of us have probably used food delivery services such as Waitr or Uber Eats, but during the pandemic there has also been a rise in online grocery shopping.

From virtual learning to working from home, add online grocery shopping to the list of things the internet has made more convenient for many people.

"I feel like with the pandemic, it’s made it a lot easier to get groceries," Lafayette resident Tyler Keeler said.

The pandemic and uncertainty surrounding covid-19 had many people cautious to frequent everyday places like your local grocery store. That uncertainty is why Keeler decided to give online grocery shopping a try.

"When I go somewhere, I don’t know who’s going to be wearing their mask," Keeler said. "I know I will be, but I don’t know that that’s always going to protect me. So, the least face-to-face contact I can have with getting my groceries made it a lot easier."

The increase in online grocery shopping through third-party apps like Instacart not only brings convenience to consumers, but those looking for employment as well.

"With me being in college too, on top of the pandemic, it just schedule-wise with school, it works out really perfectly," said Brian Hodge, a personal grocery shopper. "It’s really flexible, you can work whenever you want."

Dionte Franklin hasn’t jumped on the trend of virtual grocery shopping but he says his parents have relied on it heavily since the start of the pandemic.

"They feel safer just doing it this way. Because it’s better for them, it’s better for the kids, especially my younger sister. She has a weaker immune system, so they don’t want to expose her to that," Franklin said.

Franklin prefers keeping it old-fashioned -- creating a shopping list and going to the store himself. He says understands the convenience online grocery shopping brings.

"People are so used to just sitting in their houses and not having to go out and stuff," he said. "It’s more time-efficient for them to do it this way rather than just going into the stores and doing it themselves."

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