Grocery Shopping at the Train Station

Are you still going grocery shopping by walking to the store, picking up items you want, waiting for a cashier to ring up your items, and then lugging the bags home? Yeah, well, me too. But an online grocery store named Peapod is putting up “interactive supermarket shelves” in train stations in Philadelphia and Chicago. It’s basically a wall with 70 images of things you can buy by scanning a barcode using your smartphone. The items are then delivered to your doorstep the following day. I considered whether or not I would do any virtual shopping if an interactive supermarket suddenly appeared in the subway stations of New York city, and decided that I probably wouldn’t. I like going to the grocery store and farmer’s market! But if the virtual grocery store offers jalapeño jam, I may consider it some more.

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jfruh (#161)

FUN FACT: In Germany, the strict laws that prevent supermarkets from being open for extended hours on weekends (because of socialism) don’t apply to train stations, on the logic that if you’re taking a train late at night you want to be able to get a bite to eat, right? The upshot is that big train stations in big cities essentially have full-sized grocery stores in them, where locals do their shopping.

pearl (#153)

@jfruh I think it depends on the state, but I do remember doing a lot of my shopping at Berlin’s Friedrichstraße’s Edeka, because they were always open (or on Sundays at least).

Megano! (#124)

I can’t even go to the gorcery store on week nights, so this sort of thing might actually be ideal, as I could just get a few things in the train station on the way home w/o having to make a massive detour.

Why bother doing it at the train station where you’re more likely to be harried for time when you can do it sitting on the train via FreshDirect?

Or, why bother locking in a physical location for a virtual store?

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