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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